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Gay V. Woodhouse -- 2007 Outstanding Alumna
Bachelor of Arts - 1972 - English
Torrington, Wyoming, native Gay Vanderpoel Woodhouse comes from a family with deep University of Wyoming ties. Her mother Sally Rouse Vanderpoel graduated in 1942 and her father Wayne G. Vanderpoel graduated in 1947 after serving in the United States Army Air Corp during World War II. Woodhouse graduated with honor from UW with a bachelor’s degree in English and in 1977, she earned a J.D. from the UW Law School.
Woodhouse was named Wyoming’s first female attorney general in 1998 and has more than 25 years experience as an active litigator. “Gay has always brought a sense of humanity to her legal practice,” notes Mary B. Guthrie, 1998 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumna. “At the attorney general’s office in the 1980s, she developed a strong Department of Consumer Affairs. Through her unswerving efforts, hundreds of senior citizens and innocent persons were empowered and extricated from unfair consumer transactions.” In addition, while serving as attorney general, Woodhouse developed several programs to assist battered women and children. She was an assistant United States attorney for five years specializing in complex white collar fraud prosecutions.
A deep commitment to public service has led Woodhouse to become active in several organizations. She has been a board member of the Southeast Mental Health Center, Pathfinder, the Domestic Violence Elimination (DOVE) Council, Prevent child Abuse Wyoming, and Safe Harbor—a children’s justice center. Woodhouse is the founding chair of Silent Witness Initiative-Zero Domestic Violence by 2010, and she is a member of Cheyenne Rotary Club, Laramie County Republican Women, and the National Federation of Republican Women. “Gay is not a person who seeks recognition for her contributions,” says Brenden McKinney, Cheyenne, “yet recognition and admiration are automatic results of her efforts to improve her community.”
Currently, Woodhouse is in private practice in Cheyenne, specializing in criminal and civil litigation. She is the president-elect of the Wyoming State Bar. She and her husband Randy have two sons, Dustin and Houston. Woodhouse enjoys being a competitive inline speed skater and runner.