Since he was sworn in last month, State Senator Dave Kinskey has made himself known in the Johnson County area, sitting in on numerous meetings and connecting with county officials.
He attended the City of Buffalo's recent meeting on the Level One Water Study and has touched bases with Kaycee Mayor Tom Knapp and Buffalo Mayor Randy Dyess; and he also received a tour of the county airport's hangar project and the Northwest Pipeline Project via the Kaycee-Buffalo-Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board.
The senator, who filled the vacant seat left when Sen. John Schiffer passed in June, is charged with meeting the needs both Johnson and Sheridan Counties. The former Sheridan mayor said he is taking his new position very seriously by using a hands on approach, as he prepares to represent District 22 in Cheyenne.
Recently, Kinskey attended the last commissioners meeting and listened in while local ranchers explained how storm-related flooding in the Dead Horse Creek area has been negatively impacting them.
He went on a tour of the dead horse area to the assess the situation with the commissioners and Wyoming Department of Transportation representatives.
The issue should be high on the WYDOT's list, he said, because it not only causes closures of a major highway but affects local ranchers quality of life.
He plans to dedicate as much time as he can to understanding the needs of his constituents in both counties, he said, before his participates in first budget session January 13.