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The dome rotunda is seen inside the Wyoming State Capitol in February 2015 in Cheyenne.

SHERIDAN — Former state legislator and president of the Whitney Benefits board Tom Kinnison died Sunday at Sheridan Memorial Hospital after a battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.

Kinnison, a longtime Sheridan businessman, served on the Whitney Benefits board since 2000. In that role he helped shepherd a number of projects to completion, including the Whitney Rink at the M&M’s Center and new dorms and facilities at Sheridan College.

Kinnison served briefly on the Sheridan City Council before earning a seat in the Wyoming House of Representatives, where he served from 1979-1982. He was then elected to a seat in the Senate, where he served from 1983-1986 and 1989-2002.

Former Gov. Dave Freudenthal first met Kinnison in the Legislature, where many of the late man’s colleagues described him as a tough, sometimes intimidating, force for positive change.

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“I would describe Tom as a true Wyoming original who got a lot done,” Freudenthal said Monday. “He was just remarkable.”

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