Wyoming Transportation Commissioners

Phil Schmidt - Chairman

Schmidt-Phil.jpgPhil Schmidt, of Casper, represents Commission District 7, which includes Converse, Fremont and Natrona counties. He served as president and majority owner of Casper-based Greiner Motor Companies for almost 30 years.

Schmidt graduated from Rapid City Central High School. He also graduated from Black Hills State College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with emphasis in accounting.

After graduating, he worked as a certified public account for Shamley, Obermueller and Killmer, CPAs of Casper.

Throughout the years, Schmidt has devoted his time to community involvement serving on several boards and in leadership positions with those organizations. Some of the boards he’s been involved with include the Casper Family YMCA, Wyoming Medical Center, Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming, Natrona County Library Foundation, Wyoming Auto Dealers Association, and many more.

Schmidt and wife, Jody, have six children.

Greg Venable - Vice Chairman

Venable-web.jpgGreg Venable, of Worland, represents Commission District 5, which includes Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park, and Washakie counties. He is currently a member of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Board of Directors and Wyoming ATA Vice President, president of the Wyoming Trucking Association Board of Directors, and chairman of the Transportation Safety Coalition.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in social sciences from the University of Houston Downtown and a master’s degree in supply chain management from Ashford University.

Venable currently works for Admiral Transport Corporation as the director of transportation and logistics. Before joining Admiral Transport, he served as the operations manager for Gulf States Toyota in Houston, Texas, from 1995 until 2007.

Outside work, Venable enjoys watching both of his teenage children play soccer and his daughter run cross-country. He is also an avid road cyclist.

Jim Espy

Jim-Espy.jpgJim Espy, of Savery, represents Commission District 2, serving Albany, Carbon and Sweetwater counties. Espy worked as a special assistant attorney general for the state of Wyoming for 10 years. He also has been involved in ranching all of his life, operating his family ranch with his wife, Peggy, and son, Mike. Espy also has worked in banking as a trust officer.

Espy, who was born and raised in Rawlins, graduated from Casper College with an associate degree in agricultural economics. He also obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming in agricultural economics with a minor in accounting. He obtained his law degree from the University of Wyoming.

Espy currently serves as co-chairman of the ENDOW Rural Council. He also has served as the co-chairman of the Wyoming Business Council board of directors, president of the Carbon County Stock Growers and chairman of the Carbon County School District 1 board of trustees.

Among his favorite activities are leather crafting, fishing, visiting museums, panning for gold and attending concerts with his family.

Jon Dolezal

Dolezal.jpgJon Dolezal, of Evanston, represents Commission District 3, which encompasses Uinta, Lincoln, Sublette and Teton counties. Jon is the executive vice president and chief credit officer of Uinta Bank in Evanston, Mountain View, and Rock Springs.

Dolezal, was raised and graduated high school in Mountain View, Wyoming. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wyoming. After graduating he worked in banking in Laramie before moving back to southwest Wyoming. 

He has been involved in numerous volunteer endeavors in recent years, including serving on the Evanston Renewal Board, and he is currently on the Youth Athletic Board with the Evanston Parks and Recreation, and he has coached many youth sports through the years.

Dolezal loves spending time outdoors and enjoying our beautiful state. Some of his favorite activities include camping, hunting, snow machining, golfing, and fly fishing with his wife and his two sons.

Patrick Crank

Patrick Crank, of Cheyenne, represents Commission District 1, which includes Goshen, Platte and Laramie counties. He is currently a private practice attorney in Cheyenne.

Crank graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in accounting in 1982 and from the University Of Wyoming College Of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1985.

Commissioner Crank has previously served as Assistant Wyoming Attorney General, Assistant District Attorney for Natrona County, and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Wyoming. In 2002, Crank was appointed to be the Wyoming Attorney General, where he supervised approximately 70 attorneys. Crank left the Wyoming Attorney General’s office in 2007 and entered in to private practice.

In his free time, Crank enjoys spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, as well as hunting and other outdoor activities.

Susan Holmes

Holmes-web.jpgSusan Holmes, of Sheridan, represents Commission District 4, which includes Johnson, Campbell and Sheridan counties. 

She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Holmes is a retired professional civil engineer. Her 34-year engineering career included working for consultants in the private sector, and she worked in the public sector part of her career. 

Commissioner Holmes is currently the chair of the Sheridan County Conservation District, an elected position, serving her third term. She is a member of the Sheridan County Land Trust, currently serving as president. Ms. Holmes’ also served on the Sheridan Heritage Center Board from 2001 to 2005.

Mark Hughes

Hughes Portrait-web.jpgMark Hughes, of Sundance, represents Commission District 6, which includes Crook, Niobrara and Weston counties. 

He lives in Sundance, Wyoming. After graduating from Sundance High School, he went on to the University of Wyoming where he graduated from the College of Law.

Today, Hughes is an attorney who works in private practice with companies and individuals in cases involving divorce, litigation, real estate planning and easement and power-line condemnation matters.

Commissioner Hughes is a former chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party, a position he held for four years and also served as treasurer. He is also a current member of the Rotary Club in Crook County. Other boards on which Mr. Hughes has served are the Crook County Hospital Board, Crook County Library Board, and the Devils Tower National History Association Board.