Thanks to our good friend and NDOC volunteer, Susan Thomas, on March 13, 2012, the Wyoming State Legislature made history by becoming the first state to pass the National Day of the Cowboy Resolution in perpetuity. Henceforth, the fourth Saturday in July will forever be recognized as a day to honor one’s pioneer heritage and cowboy culture in the Cowboy State. Mrs. Thomas enlisted the support of Representative Tom Lockhart who sponsored the resolution which has now been signed into Wyoming law by Governor Matt Mead. Wyoming has also ordered a National Day of the Cowboy flag to fly over the Capitol Building in Cheyenne on the National Day of the Cowboy. Many other states have passed the resolution since Arizona first recognized it in 2008, but to date, no others have passed it in perpetuity.
Susan Thomas’ work in Wyoming has provided the perfect tipping point for the National Day of the Cowboy campaign, as it was her late husband, Craig Thomas, U.S. Senator from Wyoming, who first sponsored the Cowboy Day resolution in the United States Senate in 2005. Senator Thomas again sponsored it in 2006 and 2007. Sadly, he passed away just one month before the U.S. Senate approved it again in 2007. It is our hope that all other states will now follow Wyoming’s lead.