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Lynne Boomgaarden

Non-Partisan , Wyoming


Lynne Boomgaarden
Supreme Court (retention of Boomgaarden)

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Governor Matt Mead appointed Lynne Boomgaarden to the Wyoming Supreme Court in 2018.

Judge Voter Guide gives Justice Boomgaarden a rating of 7 out of 10.

Boomgaarden has taught Constitutional Law at the University of Wyoming College of Law.

In 2018, Justice Boomgaarden helped to organize a hunt.

Justice Boomgaarden joined the Wyoming Supreme Court majority in MH v. First Judicial District Court of Laramie County (2020): “M.H. petitioned the district court for an order recognizing her change of sex and gender so that she could amend her birth certificate. The district court denied the petition, concluding that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction. We reverse.” Justice Boomgaarden did not join Justice Kautz’s concurring opinion, which said, “The ‘cardinal principle of judicial restraint’ is ‘if it is not necessary to decide more, it is necessary not to decide more’…I agree the district court had subject matter jurisdiction over M.H.’s petition. The majority opinion recognizes that as the only issue being decided, but then suggests the result the district court should reach on remand, concludes that the WDOH regulations are a proper exercise of WDOH’s statutorily delegated authority, and decides allowing a person to amend her 'gender' and 'sex' on her birth certificate protects the integrity and accuracy of vital records. With these latter points, I cannot agree (at this stage of the case).”

Justice Boomgaarden wrote the Court majority opinion in Martinez v. State (2018): “A jury found Appellant, Miguel Alberto ‘Michelle’ Martinez (Ms. Martinez), guilty of sexual abuse of a minor in the first and second degree. Ms. Martinez seeks reversal of both convictions claiming there is insufficient evidence to sustain them. In addition, Ms. Martinez claims prejudice because the district court precluded her from presenting character evidence pertaining to the victim. We affirm.” A footnote for the first sentence says, “Appellant is a transgender individual who identifies as a female."


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Religious Liberty

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

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The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings or court houses.

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What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

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Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

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George Washington's comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society” is still true today.

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Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Bostock v. Clayton County, which justice’s opinion most closely aligns with your opinion of whether the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should be extended to the LGBTQ community?

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What types of pro bono work have you done?

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I voted in these primaries and general elections:

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When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

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Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

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What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

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In what areas of law have you practiced?

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Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

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Why should the voters choose you?

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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Judicial Philosophy

The U.S. Constitution and my state constitution should be interpreted as living documents, rather than using a strict constructionist or originalist approach in judicial decisions.

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There are times when American judges should alter U.S. case law in order to comply with foreign case law.

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Which current U.S. Supreme Court justice best reflects your judicial philosophy?

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What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?

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What possibilities should a judge exhaust before departing from precedent?

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How should a judge determine which rights are protected by the Constitution even though they are not specifically mentioned?

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