They say good help is hard to find these days. Apparently that wasn’t the case in 1977 when Wyoming U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop needed an office manager in Cheyenne. He hired Robin Bailey. It also wasn’t the case for Wyoming U.S. Senator Al Simpson who later hired Bailey to work as his field representative in his Rock Springs office and later his Gillette office. Current Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., was happy to have Bailey continue on his staff in Gillette when he took office in 1997. After a few years, he promoted Bailey to state director, a position she will retire from in September after more than 30 years of service to the people of Wyoming.
“There are people in every community who stand out. Robin Bailey stands out. She seems to know everyone. She is known and respected. She isn’t only part of the doer and shaker crowd, she can give that crowd their marching orders. Robin, not only has that status within my staff and the Gillette community, but all over the state,” Enzi said. “When certain people talk, I listen. Diana, my wife, is number one, but Robin isn’t too far behind. We won’t be able to replace her, but we will celebrate what she has helped us accomplish and appreciate her unwavering devotion to the people of Wyoming.”
Bailey supervised almost a dozen personnel in Enzi’s offices in Casper, Jackson, Cheyenne, Cody and Gillette. She also coordinated with Enzi’s Washington, D.C. scheduler and the appropriate field representative to schedule Enzi’s weekly Wyoming trips and longer state work period schedules.
“I like the challenge of trying to solve constituents’ problems,” Bailey said when asked why she has dedicated so much of her life to serving Wyoming. “I’ve been able to get to know people in every part of the state.”
Bailey attended various statewide meetings on behalf of Enzi to represent him and make sure he had a presence at the meetings and then she reported back any appropriate information. Meetings with the BLM offices in Wyoming, National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service are a few examples.
“I’ve helped organize events like Senator Enzi’s annual inventors conference and attended countless other events. There is always something happening. I’ve also enjoyed being part of helping each of three senators to choose who is selected to attend the military academies. Hundreds of young Wyoming residents have gone on to the academies,” Bailey said.
Whether it was Wallop’s intellect, Simpson’s passion or Enzi’s down-to-earth, workhorse style, “I’ll remember the blessing of being able to work for three outstanding senators, their staff and being able to help Wyoming constituents,” Bailey said.
Bailey said leaving won’t be easy, but she knows she’s making the right decision.
“You reach a point in which you realize it is time. I’ve had a good ride and it is time to start a new chapter in my life and start doing something different,” Bailey said.
But not everything will be different. Bailey plans on using her problem solving skills to continue helping people in Wyoming.
“I want to help seniors in nursing homes, the homeless, build houses with Habitat for Humanity and of course spend more time with my grandkids,” she said.
“Robin is the best of the best,” Enzi said. “She has immeasurable experience and skill, but what really makes her good at her job is the focused desire to help people.”
Bailey is taking a direct role in helping Enzi’s office prepare for her departure. Inquiries about the position can be directed to her in Gillette at 307-682-6268 or [email protected].