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Alternate Member, State of Wyoming, Royalty Policy Committee

Hans Hunt is an alternate member of the Department of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, and as a member of this committee advises Secretary Zinke “on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.”

Hans Hunt is a Wyoming State Representative and “a fourth generation rancher on his family ranch near Newcastle, Wyoming.” Hunt was first elected to the Wyoming House in 2010 when he was still in college, and at the time was the youngest member of the legislature. From 2015 to 2016, he was the House Majority Whip. He currently serves as Chairman of the House Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources Committee, Chairman of the Select Water Committee, and as a member of the House Education Committee. In November 2016, Hunt was chosen to work on then President-Elect Trump’s Agricultural Advisory Committee.

Sources: [Department of Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17, “Representative Hans Hunt,” Wyoming State Legislature, accessed 09/29/17, “Legislator Information,” Wyoming State Legislature, accessed 09/29/17, Trinity Lewis, “Ranching Representative: One young Wyoming man is managing a political career and ranch life,” Cattle Business Weekly, 08/27/14, Darrell Ehrlick, “Twenty Under 40: Hans Hunt,” Casper Star Tribune, 4/26/16, and Regina Ahn, “Hans Hunt and Trump,” NBC13, 11/29/16]

Special Interests

Black Hills Corporation (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Hunt accepted $500 in campaign contributions from energy company Black Hills Corporation in 2016. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, Black Hills Corporation "generate[s] wholesale electricity and produce[s] natural gas, oil and coal."

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ExxonMobil Corporation (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Hunt has accepted $400 in campaign contributions from multinational oil and gas company ExxonMobil, : he took $250 from Exxon in 2010 and another $150 from them in 2016.

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Marathon Oil Corporation (Resource Development on Public Lands)

In 2010 Hunt accepted $250 in campaign contributions from Marathon Oil Corporation, an oil and natural gas exploration and production company.

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Devon Energy Corporation (Resource Development on Public Lands)

In 2016, Hunt accepted $250 in campaign contributions from Devon Energy Corporation, an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company.

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Chevron (Resource Development on Public Lands)

In 2010, Hunt accepted $200 in campaign contributions from multinational energy corporation Chevron.

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Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Hunt accepted $200 in campaign contributions from the Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association, a trade organization that represents independent petroleum marketers, in 2016.

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Williams Companies Inc. (Resource Development on Public Lands)

In 2016, Hunt accepted $200 in campaign contributions from Williams Companies Inc., an "energy infrastructure company" that "owns and operates midstream gathering and processing assets, and interstate natural gas pipelines."

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Wyoming Mining Association (Resource Development on Public Lands)

In 2016 Hunt accepted $200 in campaign contributions from the Wyoming Mining Association, a mining industry group, in 2016.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

Wyoming House of Representatives

Political Connections

Hans Hunt has accepted at least $2,200 from extractive industries since 2010 when he was first elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives.   

He has accepted contributions from ExxonMobil, Marathon Oil, Devon Energy, Black Hills Corporation, and Williams companies, among others.

[“Show Me Contributions To Hunt, Hans,” National Institute on Money in State Politics, accessed on 09/29/17]

Other Information

When a Wyoming resident emailed Hans Hunt expressing her concerns with guns in schools and with the “profoundly serious dangers of fracking,” Hunt responded that the alleged dangers of fracking were not “‘scientifically founded or proved'” and that if she didn’t “‘like the political atmosphere of Wyoming'” she should “‘leave.'”  

In 2013, Cheyenne minister Audette Fulbright “sent emails to all legislators stating her opposition to House Bill 105,” a bill to allow “people with concealed carry permits to carry guns at schools.” In her email, Fulbright also expressed her concern about the “‘profoundly serious dangers of fracking'” that were taking place in Wyoming.

Hans Hunt responded to Fulbright: “‘I’ll be blunt. If you don’t like the political atmosphere of Wyoming, then by all means, leave. We, who have been here a very long time (I am proudly 4th generation) are quite proud of our independent heritage.'”

He continued, “‘As to your comments on fracking, I would point out that you’re basing your statement on ‘dangers’ that have not been scientifically founded or proved as of yet.'” Hunt said it “‘offend[ed]'” him “‘to no end when liberal out-of-staters such as [Fulbright] move into Wyoming, trying to get away from where they came from, and then pompously demand that Wyoming conform to their way of thinking.'” [Kyle Roerink, “Go Wyo or get out: Lawmaker and minister have cyber clash,” Casper Star-Tribune, 02/08/13]

Hans Hunt has voted for land transfer legislation.

In 2013, Hans Hunt voted for HB 228, the Transfer of Federal Lands Study, legislation to “require the state attorney general to study ‘possible legal recourses available to compel the federal government to relinquish ownership and management of specified federal lands in Wyoming,’ and [to] establish a task force focused on the land transfer.” [Vote on HB0228, Wyoming Legislature, 02/05/13, Jessica Goad and Tom Kenworthy, “State Efforts to ‘Reclaim’ Our Public Lands,” Center for American Progress, 03/11/13] 

Hans Hunt, in 2015, voted for HB 209, a bill to require the federal government to “transfer title to public lands to the state of Wyoming.” [Vote on Wyoming House Bill 209, LegiScan, 02/06/15, and “Wyoming House Bill 209,” LegiScan, 2015 Legislative Session]