CHEYENNE — Longtime state lawmaker Tom Lockhart of Casper has died, House Speaker Steve Harshman announced Monday morning. He was 82 years old.
A Republican, Lockhart served as a state representative from 2001 until his retirement in 2016. He represented House District 57, which covers much of southeast Casper.
"He's a Casper kid," Harshman said during brief comments on the floor of the House announcing Lockhart’s death. “We’re certainly going to miss him.”
Thomas A. Lockhart was born in Casper and attended Natrona County High School and the University of Wyoming, according to the Legislative Service Office. He entered the House in 2001 and served as chairman of the minerals committee from 2005 until his retirement.
“I came in with Representative Lockhart,” said House Majority Floor Leader David Miller, R-Riverton. “He did a great job with the state, and we’ll miss his vision and friendship.”
Lockhart had strong support from many in the Casper community and was an active member of the Rotary Club.
In a 2007 letter to the Casper Star-Tribune, Lockhart praised the work that he and his colleagues undertook to benefit Wyoming.
"The Legislature often has a big part in the good things going on in Wyoming," Lockhart wrote.
Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, now holds Lockhart's seat. Gray praised Lockhart's legacy in a brief email to the Star-Tribune.
"Rep. Lockhart did tremendous work for House District 57, Casper, and the entire state of Wyoming," Gray said. "He cared deeply about our state and his passing is an enormous loss."