Tom Lockhart, former Republican Wyoming House Representative from Casper, died Monday, according to a prepared statement from the Legislature's leadership.

Lockhart, 82, represented House District 57 in central Casper from 2001 to 2017.

“Tom was a dedicated Casper guy, through and through,” House Speaker Steve Harshman said.

“I had the privilege to serve in the House with Tom and knew him and Lynn for years before we were elected to the Wyoming legislature," Harshman said.

"He was a patriot and an Army veteran who was always an advocate for our community and our state," Harshman said. "His knowledge of the issues and dedication to doing the job right was central to his work and his leadership. He was a champion of responsible mineral development and a forward-thinking leader in our state’s pursuit of economic diversification and responsible savings. Casper will miss him and so will I.”

Senate President Eli Bebout, R-Riverton, said Lockhart was an excellent legislator, a deep thinker, and dedicated to his family, Casper and Wyoming.

"I had the opportunity to co-chair the joint minerals committee with Tom and was always struck by his ability to cut to the heart of the issue," Bebout said. "Tom was a no-nonsense businessman who brought common-sense and thoughtfulness to the legislature. We will work to continue his legacy of conservatism and commitment to improving opportunities for all Wyoming people. ”

Lockhart was born in Casper, educated in the Natrona County school system and is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with an electrical engineering degree. He also has earned a master's in business education. He is an Army veteran, is active in community organizations, and is a retired PacifiCorp executive.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn, and four children.