CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Former Wyoming Senate President Henry ‘Hank’ Coe has died at age 74.
A Republican from Cody, Coe was first elected to the Wyoming Senate in 1988. Besides serving as Senate president from 2001-2002, Coe was chairman of the Senate Education Committee from 2003-2020 and played a key role in major decisions involving public education.
Coe decided in March not to seek re-election. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November and died Thursday at home with his children around him, the Cody Enterprise reported.
In addition to leading the education committee, Coe chaired the Air Transportation Liaison Committee and was a member of the Senate Minerals, Business & Economic Development Committee, Select Committee on Capital Financing & Investments, Energy Council and Council of State Governments-West Education.
Coe was a Park County commissioner from 1979-1987, serving as chairman in 1983, 1986 and 1987. He was also involved with civic organizations including the Cody Volunteer Fire Department, Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Yellowstone Regional Airport.
Wyoming U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican, called Coe a friend and role model to all who met him.
“He lived an exceptional life and leaves behind a remarkable legacy of selfless leadership and service on behalf of the people of Park County and our entire state,” Cheney said in a statement on Friday.
A small family funeral and a public celebration to honor Coe are likely, said his ex-wife, Marty Coe.
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