Eli Bebout

Eli Bebout REPRepublican

American politician and businessman

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Eli BeboutREPRepublican American politician and businessman
76
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17
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WYResidence (state)

Eli Daniel Bebout (born October 14, 1946) is an American athlete and politician who served in the Wyoming House of Representatives from a multi-member district in Fremont County and the 55th district from 1987 to 2001, and later served in the Wyoming Senate from the 26th district 2007 to 2021, as a member of the Democratic and Republican parties. He was the first person to serve as both Speaker of the Wyoming House of Representatives and President of the Wyoming Senate Bebout was born in Rawlins, Wyoming, and educated at Shoshoni High School, the United States Air Force Academy, and the University of Wyoming. He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force Academy stating that he believed he had violated the honor code. Bebout became involved in the energy and pharmaceutical industries and gained a net worth of around $6 million. Bebout entered politics with his successful write-in candidacy to the state house and was a member of the Democratic Party. During his tenure in the state house as a Democrat he was considered a possible candidate in multiple statewide elections, was selected to serve as Minority Whip, unsuccessfully sought the vice-chair position of the Wyoming Democratic Party, and his proposed redistricting plan was adopted. He switched to the Republican Party in 1994, and was given the position of Majority Leader and then Speaker. Bebout left the state house in the 2000 election and unsuccessfully ran in the 2002 Wyoming gubernatorial election with the Republican nomination against Democratic nominee Dave Freudenthal. He was selected to replace Bob Peck in the state senate following Peck's death. During his tenure in the state senate he served as Vice President, Majority Leader, and President.

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Education3 - 3 of 1
University of Wyoming
BS
1969
Past Positions1 - 8 of 8
Senator
Wyoming State Senate
2007 - 2021
President
Wyoming State Senate
2017 - 2018
Majority Floor Leader
Wyoming State Senate
2015 - 2016
Vice President
Wyoming State Senate
2013 - 2014
Representative
Wyoming House of Representatives
1987 - 2000
Speaker
Wyoming House of Representatives
1999 - 2000
Majority Floor Leader
Wyoming House of Representatives
1997 - 1998
Minority Whip
Wyoming House of Representatives
1993 - 1994
Other Experience1 - 26 of 26
Member
National Rifle Association
Member
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Co-Chair
Leadership Wyoming
Member
International Association of Drilling Consultants
Member
Wyoming Heritage Society
Member
Wyoming Urological Association
Member
Wyoming Stockgrowers Association
Member
Wyoming Farm Bureau
Member
Sertoma Club of Riverton
Member
Rotary Club
Member
National Conference of State Legislatures, Environment, Labor and Economic Development
Member
Wyoming Water Development Association
Member
Wyoming Department of Family Services Advisory Committee
Member
Wyoming Mining Association
Member
Historic Mine Trail Byway Commission
Member
Chief Washakie Memorial Steering Committee
Former Chair
Management Council, Wyoming State Senate
Former Chair
Rules and Procedures Committee, Wyoming State Senate
Former Member
Joint Committee on Air Transportation Liaison, Wyoming State Senate
Former Member
Energy Council, Wyoming State Senate
Former Member
Capitol Building Restoration Oversight Group, Wyoming State Senate
Former Member
Energy Producing States Coalition, Wyoming State Senate
Former Member
Select Federal Natural Resource Management Committee, Wyoming State Senate
Former Member
Joint Opioid Addiction Task Force, Wyoming State Senate
Former Member
Joint Legislative and Executive Task Force on Department of Health Facilities, Wyoming State Senate
Former Member
Joint Committee on Appropriations, Wyoming State Senate