Wyoming could have a new State Legislator in 2016.

After much consideration, Dan Furphy, president of the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance, said he plans to run for the Albany County House District 14 seat in November 2016. Furphy said recently he planned to retire from his position as president of the Business Alliance in May, which would allow him time to assume the position in the state’s legislative branch.

“The timing is about right as I’m leaving here at the end of May, which gives me time to campaign,” Furphy said. “If people want me to serve, I’ll be very glad to do so.”

The seat is currently held by Rep. Kermit Brown, who has held the seat since January 2005. Brown served as House Majority Floor Leader 2013-2014 and is the current Speaker of the House.

When asked about Furphy’s intention to run, Brown said “everybody is welcome to run,” but he was not yet ready to publically discuss his plan for the 2016 election.

“At some point, I’ll be ready to discuss that, but not yet,” Brown said.

Brown served as chair of the House Rules and Procedures Committee, the Management Council and Select Natural Resource Funding Committee in 2015. He sponsored House Bills authorizing the consideration of next generation science standards and prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Brown is the senior partner at Brown & Hiser, LLC.

Before becoming president of the Business Alliance, Furphy was CEO at First National Bank of Wyoming and later, president of First Capital West Bankshares, Inc., First National’s holding company. Furphy serves as the board chair at the Laramie Main Street Alliance and sat on the Laramie City Council from 1999-2000.

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