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Ted Lowell Ladd (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 7/3/1969 (Boston, MA)
Race: White
Religion: Protestant
Residence: Wilson, WY
Education: BA in Government, Biology, Sociology from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC; MBA in Business from University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, PA
Occupation: Business Consultant
Office Type: U.S. House -- Wyoming At Large District 

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Ted Ladd grew up on a small farm in Massachusetts and spent many summers in Wyoming working on dude ranches. As a teenager, he earned a two-week certificate in horseshoeing and spent a year working on ranches in Wyoming and Australia before realizing he was too tall and gangly to be much good at the trade _ he's 6'2" _ and opted for college.

At Cornell University, he studied biology, government and sociology, always with an eye toward returning to Wyoming. He did come back, after graduating in 1992, but said he soon realized that working as a biologist wouldn't pay the bills.

He moved to Washington to work on the House Committee on International Relations. That, like working on the state grizzly bear team, was interesting work, he said, but didn't pay much. And Ladd worked for a consulting firm before deciding to learn more about business and enroll in graduate school.

With an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in international economics from Johns Hopkins University, Ladd settled in to work for Palm, the California-based handheld electronics company. Eventually, though, he said he decided the life was "too crazy," and the path he was headed down "not what I aspired to when I was a 16-year-old in Wyoming, saying I would never leave."

He and his wife opened their own business in Wilson, Wyo., where family members had settled down, and began working as consultants to entrepreneurs.

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Ted Ladd has served on the board of the Wyoming Business Council since 2003, but this is his first run for office.

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