GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming State Rep. Sue Wallis has died. She was 56.
The Gillette News-Record reports Campbell County Sheriff Bill Pownall confirmed the lawmaker's death on Tuesday.
Wallis, a Republican, was from Recluse, in Campbell County.
A rancher, Wallis started in the House in 2007. In recent sessions she had opposed proposals to restrict the right of Wyoming women to seek abortion services. She also has stood up for granting equal rights to same-sex couples.
Wallis also had attracted national attention for her support of opening horse-slaughtering plants in the United States.
Wallis had announced that she intended to push legislation in the legislative session that begins Feb. 10 to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Wallis was preceded in death by her husband, Rod McQueary, in 2012.
PRESS RELEASE: RESPONSE FROM THE OFFICE OF GOV. MATT MEAD
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead issued the following statement on the passing of State Representative Sue Wallis.
“Wyoming lost a great voice today. Representative Wallis was a poet and her eloquence was on display whether she was writing or debating on the floor of the House or in my office. The strength of her convictions was clear as was her commitment to the West and our way of life. I will miss her,” Governor Mead said.
Governor Mead orders that the State of Wyoming flag be lowered to half-staff at the Capitol and in Campbell County starting today from sunrise to sunset until the day of interment to honor Representative Wallis who represented Campbell County since 2007.