The Wyoming Liberty Group staff comes from a diverse set of backgrounds and life experiences, but we are united in our commitment to the principles of essential citizenship.

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Jonathan Downing is the CEO of the Wyoming Liberty Group.

Prior to his employment with the Wyoming Liberty Group, Downing held leadership positions with the Wyoming Mining Association and Wyoming Contractors Association.  Downing previously worked for the Wyoming House of Representatives, Governor Jim Geringer, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, former Secretary of State and State Treasurer Joe Meyer and the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.  He has served as an advisor to a number of Wyoming leaders.  He holds Finance and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Wyoming.

Throughout Downing’s career he has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations, demonstrating an ability to strategically manage public policy issues, government relations, grant programs and has been a volunteer for a number of charitable non-profit organizations.

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Susan Gore‘s enthusiasm for Wyoming’s founding principles led her to start Wyoming Liberty Group in 2008. Together with a few friends, she set out to provide well researched information and innovative policy solutions in issues key to quality of life. Her optimism regarding the potential of individuals and lively communities comes in part from her background in the pioneering high tech manufacturing culture of her family company, W.L. Gore & Associates.Wyoming Liberty Group’s first project was a study of the Wyoming Constitution, which states: “All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority…” Her aim is to ensure that the power of the people and individuals in Wyoming takes precedence over improper government presumptions of authority.Since its founding Wyoming Liberty Group has been a champion of freedom in matters such as free speech and association, health care choice, property rights, Second Amendment rights, government transparency, and parental control of their children’s education.


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Mandy Ludtke brings her experience in the fields of corporate sales and hospitality to the Wyoming Liberty Group where she is the Outreach and Events Coordinator. Mandy, a Wyoming native, is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

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Robert Nelson joins Wyoming Liberty Group to study Wyoming school finance and other topics of interest. Nelson has worked in primarily in private industry (accounting, investments, insurance and big data), but also served five years in State government.

While not a Wyoming native, he went to high school in Cheyenne, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees (Accounting and Finance, respectively) from the University of Wyoming and has lived in Cheyenne for many years.

Lisa McLane Th1Click here for a high resolution photo of Lisa. Lisa McLane, a Wyoming native, joins Wyoming Liberty Group to support our development and outreach program along with keeping the office running smoothly. Lisa has a deep history in the local hospitality industry and has most recently served at the Capitol Club during the past three Wyoming Legislative sessions.




In March, 2015 the Wyoming Liberty Group launched the Pillar of Law Institute (POLI) in Washington, D.C., which will exclusively build upon WyLiberty’s free speech efforts nationwide. The following staff work primarily with POLI.

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Benjamin Barr serves as counsel with the Wyoming Liberty Group and Pillar of Law Institute. Barr is an attorney with a national practice specializing in the area of constitutional law. He has litigated constitutional concerns in federal courts throughout the nation in favor of individual liberty. The U.S. Supreme Court relied on a brief drafted on behalf of the Wyoming Liberty Group to reshape its reasoning in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
Klein Steve ThClick here for a high resolution photo of Steve. Steve Klein serves as attorney and research counsel with the Wyoming Liberty Group and Pillar of Law Institute, focusing on free speech and criminal law.  Steve has co-authored numerous amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) briefs for state and federal courts in several important free speech cases, advocating in favor of political speech across the country. In 2014, Steve was co-counsel in three successful free speech cases in Wyoming.

In the 2015 Wyoming Legislative Session, Steve lobbied on behalf of reforming the state’s civil asset forfeiture law. 2015 Senate File 14 passed the entire legislature 80-9 before being vetoed by Governor Mead. Steve continues to lobby on behalf of reform in the 2015-16 legislative interim.

Steve holds a bachelors degree in politics from Hillsdale College and a law degree from Ave Maria School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Ave Maria Law Review and President of the Ave Maria Federalist Society. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Michigan.

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