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SHERIDAN — Colleagues of Wyoming Sen. John Schiffer, R-Kaycee, have confirmed that the longtime state legislator died this morning at age 68.
Rep. Rosie Berger, R-Big Horn, said this morning that Schiffer had been feeling ill for a couple of months, but believed it to be pneumonia. On May 31, he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Berger said Schiffer had received chemotherapy in Casper recently, but his fever ramped up and he died in his wife’s arms this morning while awaiting an ambulance.
“He was such an unassuming man,” Berger said this morning. “He’s been my mentor since I started in the Legislature. He was always the first person I called to say, ‘John, how do I do this?'”
Schiffer had served in the Wyoming Senate since 1993, as the president of the Senate from 2007-2008, Senate Majority Floor Leader in 2005-2006 and Senate Vice President in 2003-2004.
This year, Schiffer served on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee, among others.
Schiffer and his wife, Nancy, have two children.
Check back here, and in tomorrow’s edition of The Sheridan Press, for additional details.