Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas Dies of Leukemia at Age 74

Jun 4, 2007 10:57pm

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley Reports: US Senator Craig Thomas of Wyoming died Monday of complications from leukemia, a spokesman and his family say.  He was 74.  Thomas had been battling cancer and was receiving treatment for a form of leukemia at the National Naval Medical Center. 

A Thomas spokesman said Monday afternoon that doctors had been administering a second round of chemotherapy to control his leukemia but that the senator’s blood cancer was complicating his treatment.

Thomas, a Republican, announced he had been diagnosed with leukemia shortly after winning a third term by a landslide margin in 2006.

He won a special election in 1989 to replace Dick Cheney in the House of Representatives when Cheney was appointed Secretary of Defense by President George H.W. Bush. He was first elected to the Senate in 1994.

Raised on a Wyoming ranch, Thomas served in the United States Marine Corps after college.  He is survived by his wife, Susan, and four children.

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