Harriet Hageman was raised on a ranch near Fort Laramie, Wyoming. She is the daughter of James C. “Jim” and Marion Hageman and comes from a large family with a history stretching back to Wyoming Territorial days. She graduated from Lingle-Fort Laramie High School and attended Casper College on a livestock judging scholarship. She then transferred to the University of Wyoming, receiving her B.S. in Business Administration in 1986, and her Juris Doctorate in 1989. She began her career clerking for the Honorable James E. Barrett (originally from Lusk) on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Judicial Circuit.
Harriet has been a trial attorney for almost 28 years. She began her focus on water and natural resource issues in 1997 when the State hired her to handle Nebraska v. Wyoming, defending our rights to the North Platte River. She opened her own law firm in August, 2000, and has dedicated her career over the last few decades to fighting for Wyoming and our citizens. Harriet is well known for challenging federal overreach, for protecting our water rights and users, for exposing federal land and wildlife mismanagement, for protecting private property rights, for challenging unconstitutional acts by both state and federal agencies, and for working with local governments to ensure that they can meet long-term water demands. Clients include numerous municipalities, counties, sportsmen and outfitting groups, landowners, farmers, ranchers, irrigation districts, oil and gas companies, real estate brokers, parents and children seeking to defend their constitutional rights, gravel companies, and other small business owners. Harriet is licensed to practice law in Wyoming, Michigan, Colorado and Nebraska and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Harriet received the Casper College Outstanding Alumni Award in 2010, and was requested to participate in the Doornbos Lecture Series that same year. She was inducted into the Wyoming Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2011. She has been recognized for her legal and policy work by the Upper Missouri Water Association, the Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, the Wyoming Wool Growers Association, and other organizations. She is a nationally-recognized expert on federal overreach and regulation and has been invited to speak on these topics throughout the Country. She is on the Board of Litigation for the Mountain States Legal Foundation, and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Wyoming Business Alliance. She spends substantial time with parents and students mentoring them about career options in the legal field, and how best to use those skills to the advantage of our Wyoming industries and businesses.
Harriet and her husband John Sundahl live in Cheyenne. They have two granddaughters (Jazmin and Kaylee) who live in Palm Desert, California. Harriet is extremely close to her mother, her brothers and sisters and their spouses, and her twelve nieces and nephews, as well as the new generation of her extended family.
Harriet is a committed constitutional conservative, dedicating the last 20 years of her professional career to fighting for the rights of Wyoming and its citizens. She is an outstanding example of a Wyoming woman, honoring and following in the footsteps of those tough, intelligent, compassionate, hard-working, and successful women who came before her. She is now running for Governor of our great State – seeking to be the second female chief executive of Wyoming, and the first in almost a Century. It is time, and Harriet is the right woman for the position.