SHERIDAN — The Wyoming County Commissioners Association recently presented the 2015 WCCA Legislator of the Year awards to the late Rep. John Patton, R-Sheridan, and the now retired Sen. Jim Anderson, who represented Platte and Converse counties, at its annual spring banquet in Pinedale.
Patton was chosen as a recipient due to his long and distinguished career as a public servant until his death in April.
He is remembered by the WCCA for his responsiveness to the needs of counties and his willingness to fight for local governments when the need arose.
“A close friend of Rep. Patton once observed that he read legislative bills like bedtime stories,” WCCA President Richard Ladwig said. “The illness that led to his passing occurred while the Legislature was in session this year. To the end he was doing what he loved best — legislating.”
Ladwig said the WCCA plans to make a donation to the Sheridan Senior Center in Patton’s honor.
Anderson, who retired at the end of the 2015 session to be closer to family, was chosen for his successful representation of two diverse and unique counties: Platte and Converse. He was instrumental in helping to establish the Hathaway Scholarship with the goal of keeping Wyoming students in Wyoming.
The WCCA Legislator of the Year awards are given to one exceptional member of the House of Representatives and of the Senate who go above and beyond for the benefit of all Wyoming citizens, according to a press release.
WCCA is an organization consisting of the Boards of County Commissioners of all 23 Wyoming counties. It exists to strengthen the counties and the people who lead them through a program of networking, education and unified action.