I moved to Cody in 1982 after graduating from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Animal Science.  I was hired by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture as the meat inspector serving the Big Horn Basin.  In 1983 I met my husband, Bob, and we married in 1989.  At that time, I joined Bob full time at Sunlight Sports, the outdoor store that he started in 1971. We have one son, Wiley, and one cat, Miss Kitty!

As a business owner in Cody for over 30 years, I have worked on budgets, financial projects and personnel issues. Our businesses have survived in bad times and thrived in good times.  We have always balanced our budgets and saved money during good times to offset the downturns we knew were coming.  This experience will serve me well as I take on the challenges of the state’s economy. 

I have been appointed twice by Governor Mead to serve on statewide boards.  I served on the Wyoming Tourism Board from 2011 to 2017 and was Chairman in 2016.  I currently serves on Commission of Judicial Conduct and Ethics.  

While serving on the Wyoming Tourism Board I held the offices of Vice Chairman and Chairman.  My service to the tourism industry on the Wyoming Tourism Board has given me insight on the legislative budget process. We had to make significant cuts to our Wyoming Tourism budget recently.  I guided the board through a thoughtful and strategic process to make cuts that would have the least impact upon the tourism industry which is so important to Park County.   

 I also serve on the Forward Cody Board and served as chairman for three years.   We have been investors since the beginning of this great organization.  First and foremost, Forward Cody is focused on retention and expansion of existing Cody businesses.  We strive to maintain and enhance our economic status as a community. 

 I love to spend time in the outdoors. Skiing, hiking and camping are my favorite activities.  I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to enjoy destinations around the world.   I enjoy yoga and am a certified yoga instructor.


  • Budget
  • Education
  • Local Government Funding
  • Economic Development
  • Tourism
  • Health Care

I am running because now, more than ever, the state government needs the skills I have developed throughout my career. I want to serve my town, county and state by being part of the solutions that will sustain us through the current state-wide financial crisis.

About Sandy Newsome

“The Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association proudly endorses Sandy Newsome for House District 24.  Her extensive career as a small business owner combined with the leadership she has demonstrated as the Chairman and long time member of the Wyoming Tourism Board has provided her with an exceptional level of experience.”  

WLRA Executive Director

Chris Brown