Wyoming Rep. Sue Wallis dies at 56

Sue Wallis

Pro-slaughter advocate Sue Wallis, lost her life yesterday due to unknown causes. She fought long for the resumption of horse slaughter facilities in the United States. While the article below will state several positions she represented, her position on horse slaughter led the news and made her well known to those reporters and politicians who backed her position on horses. Ever mindful of the strong advice often given, “If you can’t say something good about someone, it’s best not to say anything at all,” I will end by saying ….

Jerry

From: The Star Tribune
By: Kyle Roerink

Four-term state lawmaker Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Recluse, died this morning.

Sue Wallis

Sue Wallis

She was 56 years old.

The cause is still unknown, said Campbell County Coroner Tom Eekhoff.

Wallis and state Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau were high school friends and had known each other for 40 years.

“It’s a huge loss to the state of Wyoming,” Lubanu said. “She was an incredible asset. She was a woman of principles who spoke her mind whether it was politically correct, whether it was popular or not. She’s going to be a huge loss to the community.”

Wallis’ politics were a unique blend of libertarian and Republican. She budgeted conservatively on the House Appropriations Committee but sponsored an array of legislation that didn’t always conform to Republican principles.

Wallis supported equal rights for same-sex couples, medical marijuana and the opening of horse slaughter plants across the country. She also was pro-choice.

Sen. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, just attended a State Agriculture and Rural Leaders Summit with Wallis earlier this month in Oklahoma City. She received a standing ovation when she spoke at the event, Driskill said.

“It’s a big loss for the agriculture community in Wyoming,” he said.

Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne, had heated debates on the House floor with Wallis.

“But at the end of the day,” he said, “we were the best of friends.”

Wallis’ western zeal didn’t just end with agriculture and politics.

She wrote her own poetry and would recite it on the floor of the House and at other political events.

“She was an adept cowboy poet,” Lubnau said.

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

“She didn’t miss any legislative duties because she’s a woman of principle,” he said. “I am happy to see her reunited with the love of her life.”

Wallis’ seat will not be vacant during the upcoming budget session of the Legislature.

Members of the state GOP’s Central Committee from Campbell County will provide three names of candidates to the Campbell County Commission. The commissioners will then choose an appointee before the session begins Feb. 10.

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14 Comments
  • arlene

    I will also end with saying …………………

    January 29, 2014
  • Daniel Cordero

    Well… I can’t say I feel sorry.

    January 29, 2014
  • Lisa

    ….what is there left to say?………..

    January 29, 2014
  • judye michaels

    I feel sorry that I can’t feel any sympathy….

    January 29, 2014
  • The rescue horses are celebrating! I don’t want to hear of any death but I believe she was inhumane in her attitude towards horse slaughter.Any true horse lover can not condone horse slaughter plus she had interest in the slaughter business which to me is a conflict of interest. I feel bad for her family but have no pity for her. She made numerous comments which were anti animal welfare.

    January 29, 2014
  • Viktoria KS

    There are untold horses in heaven now able to rest in peace…for the moment!

    January 29, 2014
  • Robynne Catheron

    While none of us anti-slaughter advocates agreed with or tolerated her fanatical views on horse slaughter, she was someone’s mother, grandmother and friend; she certainly had to have some redeeming qualities. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones as they grieve her passing. May she find peace at rest.

    January 29, 2014
  • Sue Wallis Lies

    I can’t say I’m not unhappy about it. She’s gone but there are still others out there, including Dave Duquette, her minion. I wonder who will keep a rein on him and his big mouth.

    January 29, 2014
  • N.Laurel

    My heart and prayers go to her 7 seven children and one grandchild. I wont speak ill of their deceased mother. Their father died just 16 months ago, after a long illness caused by an equestrian accident.

    January 29, 2014
  • Nancy

    oh well….one less….

    January 29, 2014
  • Wow…56…….that is all I have to say…

    January 29, 2014
  • Kristine

    Can you say KARMA??? As far as feeling bad for her family, I only feel bad for those members who did NOT agree with her inhumane mission against innocent horses who foolishly trust people out to harm them, but I have NO sympathy for anyone who thinks it’s ok to treat an animal that way! NO sympathy for cold hearts! And it SURE is cold now!! KARMA!!!

    January 30, 2014
  • Sue will be remembered for things other than her indefensible position regarding horse slaughter. She died young and there were other things she did and believed in that were actually surprisingly good. One must be remembered for the sum total of their actions and not just one. Did I like her efforts to bring horse slaughter back to the US? Of course not. I don’t like that we don’t ban ‘Carnivore Consumption’ either as that is the loophole that will allow it to come back in States where the EI studies can prove the activity is not harmful. That to me is just as bad as all that Sue did regarding horses.

    January 30, 2014
  • sherriey

    welllllll….no tears here….but i have a thought…maybe it was the ‘tasty’ American horsemeat she ate that was a contributing factor to her demise? gotta watch what you eat, ya know……

    January 31, 2014