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The way it was: Thyra (1919-2013)

Jun 17, 2013 - Staff

The friendly demeanor might not signal it, but pictured here is the most unstoppable statewide political candidate in Wyoming history.

This was Secretary of State Thyra Thomson at the Riverton National Guard Armory in 1978, campaigning for re-election -- to a fifth term.

There wasn't much for the popular Republican to worry about. At age 62, she already had won four previous elections by comfortable margins, dating to 1962, two years after her husband, U.S. Sen.-elect Keith Thomson, died suddenly before taking office as senator.

She defeated Frank Bowron in '62, then followed four years later with a victory over Jack Jones. In 1970, the vanquished opponent was Howard Burke, and Charles Carroll lost to Thomson in 1974.

I, 1978, when this picture was taken, potential opponents figured there wasn't ouch use in challenging Thomson; she ran unopposed for her fifth term.

Four years later, she ran one last campaign, defeating Democrat Leslie Petersen. She retired a few months shy of her 70th birthday early in 1982, succeeded in office by Kathy Karpan.

No other statewide elected official ever served six four-year terms in office.

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