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Hon. John R. Perry

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John Perry is a District Judge in Wyoming’s Sixth Judicial District and has served in that capacity for 13 years. For nine years, Judge Perry also presided over the Campbell County Adult Drug Court, which was the first felony level Drug Court in Wyoming.

From 1985 until 1993, Perry served as State Senator from Campbell and Johnson Counties. As State Senator, Perry was Chair of both the Joint Judiciary Interim, and Senate Judiciary Committees.

Serving in the Wyoming Senate, Perry sponsored and gained passage of numerous bills on a wide range of subjects. He was a sponsor of the Wyoming Government Reorganization Act of 1989, Wyoming’s Victim’s Bill of Rights, Wyoming’s laws on involuntary commitment, and as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee oversaw the creation of Wyoming’s Stalking Protection Law, as well as the state’s first DWUI per se law.

Perry has been a college instructor of American and Wyoming Government, and is a frequent guest lecturer on legislative procedure and the judiciary. Perry was a presenter at the University of Wyoming College of Law 2007 Energy Symposium and lectured on the effect of energy development on the courts. Perry has also been a guest lecturer for the South Dakota Unified Judiciary where he was a presenter on felony level Drug Court procedures and administration. He also served as a professional lecturer and certified police instructor for the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy.

Judge Perry is currently a member of Wyoming’s Board of Judicial Policy and Administration, the 9 member board that oversees all administrative matters in Wyoming’s judicial branch.

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