CHEYENNE — State Rep. Lisa Shepperson, R-Casper, submitted her resignation from the Wyoming Legislature on Thursday, saying she wanted to concentrate on her infant daughter and her ranching business.
The three-term lawmaker, who has represented House District 58 since 2007, has been a prominent figure in agricultural issues and developmental disabilities funding.
Shepperson, 36, missed a week of this year’s legislative session shortly before she gave birth to a girl, Lavoye Evalyn Garnhart, in March.
She and her husband, Gus, hope to have more children in the future, Shepperson said. And the duties of being a mom and running her cow/calf operation near Midwest leave little time for public office, she said.
“I love being down there [in Cheyenne] so much, but it’s just too much, you know?” she said. “And I didn’t want to be one of those legislators who just sits there like a bump on a log.”
In November, Shepperson was elected unopposed to a third term representing House District 58, which covers north Casper, Bar Nunn, and much of northeastern Natrona County. A Casper native who attended school in Midwest, she graduated with a degree in finance from the University of Wyoming.
State Rep. Keith Gingery, R-Jackson, said Shepperson was an “outstanding” lawmaker who put her knowledge of land and finance issues to good use in the Legislature, as well as on the House Judiciary and Travel committees.
Gingery said Shepperson played a key role in changing the state’s funding model for developmental disabilities — changes Gingery said have helped people with disabilities throughout the state.
“I think people went to her for guidance and advice and really relied on her and her knowledge base,” Gingery said.
Natrona County Republicans have 15 days after Shepperson’s resignation to choose three candidates to succeed her. Natrona County commissioners will then pick one of the three to finish out her term, which ends in January 2013.
Natrona County GOP Chairman Miles Dahlby said Thursday that it was too soon to say when a meeting will be convened to pick the three finalists.