SHERIDAN — Hollis Hackman has announced he will challenge longtime incumbent Rep. Rosie Berger, R-Big Horn, for the House District 51 seat in the Wyoming Legislature this fall.

According to a press release from the Wyoming Democratic Party, Hackman is a military veteran who completed his undergraduate degree in 1979 and received his Ph.D. in 1984 from the University of Nebraska, in psychology. He obtained his license to practice psychology in Wyoming in 1984, worked for the Veterans Affairs at an outpatient clinic in Casper from 1984-1986 and worked at the VA Medical Center in Sheridan from 1986-2010. He continues to practice part time at the VA, providing tele-health services to veterans.

Hackman has also served on the Sheridan County School District 2 Board of Trustees, the Wyoming Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, NARAL Pro-Choice of Wyoming and the Wyoming Psychological Association. He is also the chair of the Sheridan County Democrats, a position he has held since 2009.

Hackman and his wife, who is a professional educator with SCSD2, reside in Sheridan. Their sons, a film editor and professional musician, reside in Los Angeles.

“My principal concern has to do with the Legislature not expanding Medicaid and the negative impact that decision has had on low wage earners, our hospitals who provide uncompensated care, our Department of Health and the State’s general financial posture,” Hackman said in the press release as to why he is seeking the office. “My other concern has to do with cuts to public education and the ‘double whammy’ the Legislature has dealt to education budgets.”

Hackman will face Berger in the general election, unless other candidates step forward. Berger has served in the Wyoming House since 2003.

Filing for those seeking public office remains open through May 27.