THOMAS, Craig Lyle (1933-2007)

THOMAS, CRAIG LYLE, a Representative and a Senator from Wyoming; born in Cody, Park County, Wyo., February 17, 1933; attended public schools; B.A., University of Wyoming 1955; LLB LaSalle Extension University 1968; entered the United States Marine Corps as a private 1955, released as a captain 1959; executive vice president, Wyoming Farm Bureau 1966-1975; natural resource director, American Farm Bureau 1971-1975; general manager, Wyoming Rural Electric Association 1975-1989; independent small businessman; state representative, Wyoming 1984-1989; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred First Congress, by special election, April 25, 1989, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Richard B. Cheney; reelected to the One Hundred Second and One Hundred Third Congresses and served from April 26, 1989, to January 3, 1995; was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives in 1994, but was elected to the United States Senate in 1994; reelected in 2000, and again in 2006 for the term ending January 3, 2013; died of leukemia at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. on June 4, 2007; interment in Riverside Cemetery, Cody, Wyoming.

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
Laramie, WY
Papers: 1963-2007 (bulk 1989-2007). 264.25 cubic feet. Political papers documenting his career as a U.S. Representative (1989-1995) and as a U.S. Senator (1995-2007). The bulk of the collection consists of Senator’s legislative files. Issues covered more extensively include agriculture, public lands and national parks, healthcare, and energy. Other documents included in the collection are media files, speeches, photographs, radio and television appearances, journals, appointment books and calendars, committee records, legislative and office correspondence, campaign records, and office administrative records. Finding aid available online.