The Campbell County Commission today selected Gillette resident Troy Mader to replace the late Rep. Sue Wallis.
Mader, 58, is a former Campbell County Republican Committee precinct member and rancher who will take over the role of representing House District 52.
He will be sworn in at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Mader plans to wake up, drive to Cheyenne and begin his duties as a lawmaker.
“I am an early riser,” he said.
The last week was a whirlwind political week for the newly appointed legislator.
He was one of eight applicants who offered to replace Wallis in the wake of her death.
He interviewed with county party members who were tasked with whittling the list of names down to three candidates on Saturday.
He expressed concerns about federal overreach and promised to champion the agriculture community during the interview.
He said he strived to be a statesman – not a politician.
“A politician is someone with his feet firmly planted in the air with one finger held up in the air to see which way the winds blowing so he can get reelected,” he told county party members on Saturday. “If you want a politician then I am not your man.”
The county party proceeded to put his name on the shortlist.
State law then mandates county commissioners make the final appointment.
He beat out Tony Johnson and Janet Mader, his cousin's wife, to win the appointment.
Mader received legislative training Thursday in Cheyenne but isn’t shy to admit that there's a big learning curve ahead of him.
Mader will be on the House Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee and the House Revenue Committee.
“I am not overly excited -- I am humbled," he said. "I have a pile of things to learn and work to do. I am going to do my best to represent my constituency.”
Mader plans to run in the August primary in hopes of retaining the seat.
Wallis died on Jan. 28 and was known for her mix of libertarian and Republican beliefs.
She championed fiscal conservative values, gay marriage, medical marijuana and horse slaughtering.
Mader said he supported her stance on horse slaughtering, an issue that drew her criticism from animal rights groups.
"I stood with her wholeheartedly on that," Mader said.
Check back for more on this developing story.