Sen. Craig Thomas

Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., died Monday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he was undergoing treatment for leukemia. His family announced the death in a statement.

Sen. Craig Thomas

Thomas, 74, was diagnosed with leukemia in November, a day after easily winning re-election to a third term.
Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat, will name a replacement, who would serve until a successor can be chosen in a November 2008 special election. But under Wyoming law, he must choose from a list of three candidates put forward by the Republican State Central Committee because Thomas was a Republican.
Thomas was a member of the Finance Committee as well as the Energy and Natural Resources, Environment and Public Works, and Indian Affairs panels.
Like most Western lawmakers, he was a fiscal conservative who strongly supported oil and gas exploration on public lands, protecting private-property rights and farmers’ issues.
The senator’s wife, Susan, was at his side at the hospital Monday, along with their sons, Patrick and Greg, and daughter, Lexie.

Wyoming Republican Sen. Thomas Dies of Leukemia,” CQ Today, June 4, 2007.

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