Sue Wallis

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Sue Wallis
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Wyoming State House, District 52
Former Member
In office
2007 - January 28, 2014
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolCampbell County High School
Personal
Birthday10/09/1957
Place of birthGillette, WY
ReligionUnitarian
CandidateVerification
Sue Wallis (October 9, 1957–January 28, 2014) was a Republican member of the Wyoming House of Representatives, representing District 52 from 2007 to January 28, 2014. She died on January 28, 2014, at the age of 56.[1]

Biography

Wallis' professional experience included working as a writer, team lead for Rio Tinto Energy America, rancher, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic and coal miner.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Wallis served on the following committees:

Wyoming Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Joint Appropriations

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Wallis served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Wallis served on the following committees:

Issues

Lifting of horse slaughter ban

In November 2011, Wallis received criticism from animal activists Shane and Sia Barbi after the U.S. House and Senate approved spending bill H2112, which lifted the 6 year ban on the slaughter of horsed for consumption. Wallis stated that her pro-slaughter group "United Horsemen" would work closely with entities to open humane slaughter plants in Wyoming. Wallis's pro-slaughter stance prompted the Barbi sisters to label her as "Slaughter House Sue," and ask opponents of horse slaughter to call Wallis and voice their opposition.[3][4]

Wallis said, "You could always take your horse to sale and get a few dollars. And overnight we turned that valuable asset into a very expensive liability with zero options. … So people in desperation were turning them out, dumping their horses out on the desert where they have no more idea of how to fend for themselves in the desert then you and I would. They die of thirst and starvation, or worse, they have their guts torn out by coyotes while they’re still alive because they’re too weak to get up. That is inhumane. And that’s what really upsets horse people."[4]

Social issues

Wallis had opposed proposals to restrict access to abortion services. She supported bills that would authorize gay marriage and same-sex domestic partnerships in Wyoming.[5]

Marijuana policy

Prior to her death, Wallis announced that she intended to push for legislation to legalize medical marijuana.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: Wyoming House of Representatives elections, 2012

Wallis won re-election in the 2012 election for the Wyoming House of Representatives District 52. She defeated John Robertson and Merle McClure in the Republican primary on August 21 and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

Wyoming House of Representatives, District 52, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSue Wallis Incumbent 97.3% 2,939
     Write-Ins Various 2.7% 82
Total Votes 3,021
Wyoming House of Representatives, District 52 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSue Wallis Incumbent 46.1% 520
John Robertson 32.5% 366
Merle McClure 21.4% 241
Total Votes 1,127

2010

See also: Wyoming House of Representatives elections, 2010

Wallis was re-elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives, District 52. She was unopposed in the November 2, 2010, general election. She defeated Republican Merle McClure in the August 17, 2010, primary. [7][8]

Wyoming House of Representatives, District 52, General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sue Wallis (R) 1,687
Travis Hakert (I) 705
Nicholas De Laat (L) 426
Wyoming House of Representatives, District 52 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sue Wallis (R) 1,022
Merle L. MCclure (R) 845

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wallis is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Wallis raised a total of $27,974 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 11, 2013.[9]

Sue Wallis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wyoming State House, District 52 Won $6,450
2010 Wyoming State House, District 52 Won $9,885
2008 Wyoming State House, District 52 Won $2,100
2006 Wyoming State House, District 52 Won $9,539
Grand Total Raised $27,974

2012

Wallis won re-election to the Wyoming State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Wallis raised a total of $6,450.
Wyoming State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sue Wallis's campaign in 2012
Joyce, Eugene T.$500
Wyoming Realtors Association$500
Cloud Peak Energy$500
BP North America$500
The Williams Companies$400
Total Raised in 2012$6,450
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Wallis won re-election to the Wyoming State House in 2010. During that election cycle, Wallis raised a total of $9,885.

2008

Wallis won re-election to the Wyoming State House in 2008. During that election cycle, Wallis raised a total of $2,100.

2006

Wallis won election to the Wyoming State House in 2006. During that election cycle, Wallis raised a total of $9,539.

Scorecards

Wyoming Liberty Index

The Wyoming Liberty Index, a study created in 2003, issues a Scorecard that rates all final bills in the Wyoming State Legislature on whether the bills supported or hindered liberty. Legislators are also given a "liberty score" based on their voting patterns. The Wyoming Liberty Index 2012 report was issued on the 61st Legislature during the 2012 budget session. Scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates a higher level of "aye" votes on bills considered pro-liberty and "nay" votes on what the organization considers anti-liberty bills.[10] Wallis received a score of 27% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 32nd out of 61 members of the Wyoming House of Representatives. Although there are 60 members of the House, a 61st "hypothetical legislator" voting nay on every bill was also included.

Personal

Wallis had three biological children and three step-children with her husband, Rod McQueary. McQueary died in December 2012.

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Wyoming House of Representatives District 52
2007–January 28, 2014
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