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Alvin Wiederspahn

Alvin Wiederspahn, a former Wyoming legislator and the husband of Wyoming's representative in the U.S. House, Cynthia Lummis, died Friday. He was 65.

CHEYENNE — Alvin Wiederspahn, a former Wyoming state legislator and the husband of U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, has died at age 65.

Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes funeral director Amy Peterson confirmed Wiederspahn's death and said arrangements are being handled by the funeral home his parents started.

She said she does not know how Wiederspahn died.

Cheyenne police spokesman Dan Long said that Wiederspahn was found dead Friday afternoon and that no foul play is suspected.

Wiederspahn was a Democratic state legislator for 10 years.

He was a lawyer, a rancher and a historic preservationist who led the renovation of the historic Plains Hotel in downtown Cheyenne.

Wiederspahn also was the founder and former chairman of the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority.

Wiederspahn volunteered for several local boards, including the COMEA House homeless shelter, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust.

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He and Lummis married in 1983, while he was in the state House and she was taking a two-year break from the Legislature to earn her law degree.

Lummis, a Republican, is running for her fourth term in Congress. She and Wiederspahn have a daughter, Annaliese.

On Saturday afternoon, a spokesman for Lummis issued a statement on her behalf.

“Last night, my husband, Al, passed away peacefully in his sleep in our home in Cheyenne," Lummis said. "Annaliese and I know that God has taken Al home to heaven, but right now our hearts are broken.”

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