Marian J. Orr
Marian Orr was sworn in as Cheyenne’s first female Mayor on January 3, 2017. Raised in Casper, Wyoming, Marian graduated from the University of Wyoming and has been a Cheyenne resident since 1993.
Wyoming-raised with deep Cheyenne roots, Marian Orr has dedicated her time and service to making the community a better place to live, work, and play. Even before she had children of her own, she volunteered her time to coach Cheyenne youth soccer. As a young parent, she worked with her neighbors and city officials to turn an undeveloped and unsightly piece of land into what is now a park and playground that continues to be enjoyed by families from across Cheyenne.
Later, Marian served on the program evaluation team for United Way, where she learned of — not only — the great needs within the community, but the network of services provided to Cheyenne’s most vulnerable populations. Marian is a former Board of Trustee for Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
As a lobbyist for over 20 years, Marian has represented a wide variety of interests from our libraries, our medical community, mental health community, and defending our hunting and fishing opportunities – to name a few. She knows how to fight for what is right, and knows the art of disagreeing without being disagreeable.
Strong Wyoming Roots
Marian’s great-grandparents founded Kassis Department Store in the 1920’s in what is now, unfortunately, a condemned cornerstone in downtown Cheyenne (formerly the Z’s building). Her grandparents later opened a Casper location, and that is where Marian learned the importance of being a solid and reliable downtown business owner and community supporter.
She grew up working after school and weekends in the family store before attending and graduating from the University of Wyoming. She learned the importance of customer service, and never judging a book by its cover. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Cheyenne and started her own lobbying/political consulting firm, working primarily from home to raise two children.
Marian’s daughter Katie Schulz attends the University of Wyoming and her son Jack is a Senior at Cheyenne Central HS.
In 2014, she married Cheyenne native Jimmy Orr, a journalist and longtime political veteran, who worked for Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer, U.S. Senators Malcolm Wallop and Alan K. Simpson. He went on to work as a White House spokesman and directed digital strategy for President George W. Bush and for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jimmy most recently worked as the Managing Editor, Digital, at the Los Angeles Times and launched a digital startup with longtime ESPN personality Woody Paige and Denver broadcast legend Les Shapiro.