Conservative Senator Loses Battle With Cancer
Posted on Jun 5, 2007
Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., died at the age of 74 on Monday. Under Wyoming law, the state Republican Party will choose three candidates, and Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal will appoint the successor.
WASHINGTON—The death of Republican Sen. Craig Thomas will not change the balance of power in the Senate. Unlike many states, Wyoming law is designed to keep the same party in power after a vacancy.
Thomas, a conservative, died after a fight with leukemia that was diagnosed last year just as he was elected for a third term. He was 74.
The senator’s family said he died Monday evening at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The family had said earlier in the day that his cancer had been resistant to a second round of chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia.