Former Wyo. US Sen. Malcolm Wallops dies at age 78

Former U.S. Senator Malcom Wallop has passed away at the age of 78. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Senate Historical Office)
Former U.S. Senator Malcom Wallop has passed away at the age of 78. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Senate Historical Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Former Wyoming U.S. Sen. Malcolm Wallop has died at age 78. The Republican who served in the Senate from 1977 to 1995 fought for "Star Wars" space defense and for a tough anti-communist policy in Central America. Kerrie Kimmel of Kane Funeral Home in Sheridan says Wallop died Wednesday afternoon at his home near Big Horn.

As a senator, Wallop gained a significant victory in 1983 when President Ronald Reagan began pushing the Star Wars concept in anti-missile satellites. Wallop was among conservatives who had supported the plan for years. When he announced that he wouldn't seek a fourth Senate term, he cited Wyoming voters' support of term limits.

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