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The way it was: Dr. Barrasso -- 1989
Nearly 20 years before becoming a U.S. Senator, Dr. John Barrasso met Jo Saathoff of Riverton during a visit to the Riverton Senior Citizens Center, pictured on March 28, 1989. File photo

The way it was: Dr. Barrasso -- 1989

Mar 25, 2013 - Staff

John Barrasso was a familiar face in Wyoming long before he was a U.S. Senator. He wrote a weekly newspaper column on health care, and he was the Wyoming host for the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for several years.

In 1989, Barrasso hosted an all-day television show from Casper in conjunction with Wyoming Health Fairs. Viewers could call in during the 12-hour broadcast to get advice on a medical issue. Each hour was devoted to a different topic.

Barrasso was 37 years old at the time. He traveled the state promoting the TV show, including a stop in late March at the Riverton Senior Citizens Center.

He first ran for office in Wyoming in 1996, losing the U.S. Senate Republican primary to Mike Enzi. Six years later he tried for a Wyoming Senate seat and was elected. He was appointed to the U.S. Senate after the death of Sen. Craig Thomas in 2007, won a special election in 2008 and was elected to a full six-year term in 2012.

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