Lawton named new chair of the Lincoln County Republican Party


Larry Lawton of Thayne has been named the chairman of the Lincoln County Republican Party.

Lawton, an attorney, is not new to the position. He was chairman from 2013 to 2015.

“I’m truly honored to have this opportunity to serve the Grand Old Party,” Lawton said following his nomination and election to the position at a public meeting in the Lincoln County Court House on March 6. “I pledge to serve no more than one term, because I am deeply impressed with the younger people who are firmly committed to the ideals that have made our country great, and are stepping forward to stop the creeping socialism that threatens the very freedom that makes the United States the greatest country in the world.

“I am reminded of this maxim:  ‘When Republican values win, Wyoming wins!’ and that goes for Lincoln County, too,” Lawton said.

Lawton replaces Dan Dockstader as county chairman. Dockstader was elected to the leadership of the Wyoming Senate late in 2018.

“My new leadership role in the Senate will take additional time as I coordinate the Legislative activities with our Senate committees, other Legislative leaders and the governor,” said Sen. Dockstader. 

Dockstader was elected to the Majority Floor Leader (MFL) position, the second-ranking leadership position in the Senate, for a two-year term. The MFL generally leads to the position of Senate President in the following two years.

Lawton was commended by both Dockstader and Marti Halverson, longtime members of the Lincoln County Republican party leadership team.

“Lawton is a good choice for the leadership of the Lincoln County Republican Party,” Dockstader said. “His experience and legal expertise is important to the position of chairman.”

Lawton has maintained a law practice in Cheyenne, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Hong Kong.

“Having served with Larry in the past, I was happy to hear that Larry was willing to step up again,” said Marti Halverson, long-time precinct committeewoman and party secretary.   “He is the leader Lincoln County Republicans need going into a presidential election cycle.”

Additional Lincoln County Republican Party leadership include Wade Hirschi, Afton, elected vice-chairman for the north end of Lincoln County;  Mike Lundgren, Kemmerer, re-elected as vice-chairman for the south end of the county; Taylor Allred, Cokeville was re-elected Lincoln County Republican Party State Committeeman and Christine Riker of Alpine was elected as State Committeewoman. 

Lawton, Allred and Riker will represent the Lincoln County Republicans on the state party central committee.  The Wyoming Republican Party will meet in Riverton May 3 and 4.

Halverson was elected party secretary, and Hirschi will also serve as party treasurer.