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Evan Simpson

Evan Simpson signs his oath of office in the House Chamber of the Jonah Business Center in Cheyenne on Friday.

Evan Simpson, a retired civil engineer from Lincoln County, was sworn in to replace Rep. Robert McKim, R-Afton, in the Wyoming Legislature on Friday. McKim resigned last month for health reasons.

“This opportunity presented itself and I have a new zest for life. It will be hard to fill Robert McKim’s shoes, but I will try my best,” Simpson said at his swearing in ceremony, according to the Legislative Service Office.

He will fill McKim's former seat on the House Agriculture, State and Public Lands Committee.

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Simpson was one of three candidates selected by the Lincoln County Republican Party and was then selected as the new representative by the Lincoln County Commissioners in early October.

“It is indeed humbling to think about what is ahead of me,” Simpson wrote on a Facebook post announcing his appointment to the position. “I pledge my best to representing you in the legislature.”

According to his LinkedIn page, Simpson graduated from the University of Wyoming and previously worked for Sunrise Engineering and Chicago Bridge and Iron.

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Arno Rosenfeld covers state politics.

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