CHEYENNE – Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon announced Tuesday that Buck McVeigh has been named permanent chief of staff, and Betsy Anderson will be both the deputy chief of staff and general counsel.
Senior policy adviser Renny MacKay has been appointed policy director.
Both McVeigh and Anderson had been serving in an acting capacity since the retirement of previous Chief of Staff Pat Arp.
“They are a dynamic duo with complementary skills that will serve Wyoming well,” Gordon said in a news release. “Buck’s experience and proven leadership are hugely important to this office and Wyoming’s future, and he has done an admirable job as acting chief over the past several months. Betsy’s knowledge and quiet wisdom have been essential elements in this office’s leadership.”
Prior to joining the governor’s staff, McVeigh served as president of the Wyoming Taxpayers Association for five years. McVeigh spent 32 years working for the state of Wyoming, serving under five governors and working in four agencies. He was a longtime member and 14-year executive branch co-chairman of the state’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Group. A Cheyenne native, McVeigh is a graduate of the University of Wyoming.
Anderson has served as general counsel since Gordon’s inauguration and previously served as general counsel of the Wyoming State Treasurer’s Office, which she joined in 2004. She started her legal career practicing commercial real estate with Morris, Manning & Martin. Her in-house legal practice has involved many areas of law, including contracts, finance, securities, real estate, technology, aircraft, employment and health care. Anderson received a B.A. in history from Wake Forest University and a J.D. degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.
From 2014-18, MacKay served as the communications director for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and was the communications director for Gov. Matt Mead from 2011-14. MacKay spent nearly a decade as a journalist covering statewide news for Wyoming Public Radio. He also was the press secretary for Gordon’s congressional campaign in 2008.