WY State Rep Sue Wallis dies at 56

Jan 31, 2014

Wyoming State Representative Sue Wallis, known for her staunch agricultural support, died Jan. 28 at the age of 56.

Wallis, a Republican, was from the small town of Recluse, in Campbell County.

A rancher and daughter of former legislator Dick Wallis, Wallis was found dead Tuesday morning at a hotel in Gillette. The Gillette News- Record reported that Campbell County Sheriff Bill Pownall confirmed the lawmaker’s death. The cause has not been determined, but the paper quoted Coroner Tom Eekhoff as saying an autopsy is planned.

Wallis had gained national attention for her support of opening horseslaughtering plants in the United States.

Wallis was preceded in death by her husband, Rod McQueary, in 2012.

Gov. Matt Mead issued the following statement on Wallis’ passing.

“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,” the governor said.

To honor her, Gov. Mead ordered that the state of Wyoming flag be lowered to half-staff at the Capitol and in Campbell County until the day of her interment. — Traci Eatherton, WLJ Editor