Legislator Sue Wallis died Tuesday at 56

Jan 29, 2014 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming State Rep. Sue Wallis, a fiery debater known for sticking up for individual rights and the state's agricultural community, died Tuesday. She was 56.

Wallis, a rancher and daughter of former legislator Dick Wallis, was found dead Tuesday morning at a hotel in Gillette.

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 and 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.

"Wyoming lost a great voice today," Gov. Matt Mead said Tuesday. He ordered the state flag to be flown at half-staff at the Capitol and in Campbell County in her honor.

"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," Mead said. "The strength of her convictions was clear as was her commitment to the West and our way of life."

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