Senators took a moment to remember one of their own on the Senate floor on June 5, 2007.
Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas lost his battle with leukemia the evening of June 4.
The three-term Republican was 74-years-old.
Senator Mitch McConnell said “Wyoming had no greater advocate” and “taxpayers had no greater watchdog” than Senator Thomas.
“In recent years Craig Thomas led an effort to honor the deeds and the spirit of the American cowboy. His very full American life came to an end last night. We, his friends and colleagues, remember him as the modern day embodiment of the cowboy ideals he celebrated and loved,” McConnell said.
Thomas learned he had leukemia just two days after winning the Senate seat last year.
Wyoming’s governor will name a successor to Thomas from a list of three finalists chosen by state Republicans.