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Gordon: ‘Friess was a strong and steady voice for Republican and Christian values’

The 2018 Sheridan Press Wyoming Gubernatorial Debate. Mark Gordon, second from left, stands next to Foster Friess, third from left. (Wyoming PBS, Youtube)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has offered his condolences after Wyoming-based investor and conservative politician Foster Friess died on Thursday.

“Foster Friess was a strong and steady voice for Republican and Christian values,” Gordon said via Twitter. “I appreciate his remarkable career and all he has done for Wyoming. My deepest condolences go out to his wife Lynn and their family— he will be missed.”

A post made to Friess’ Twitter account on Thursday announced his death:

Friess was remembered by various members of the conservative political sphere on Twitter Thursday afternoon, including Former Acting Director of the United States National Intelligence Richard Grenell, Senator Rand Paul, and a joint account belonging to former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson and his wife Candy.

In 2017 Friess was rumored to be exploring a possible run for the United States Senator for Wyoming. However, in April 2018, he instead entered a crowded field to replace term-limited GOP Governor Matt Mead.

Friess was defeated lost in the primary, coming in second to Gordon, who eventually won the Governorship.

Remembrance services will be reportedly held in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jackson, Wyoming, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin, according to an obituary posted on Cowboy State Daily, a media outlet in which Friess is identified as an investor, Freiss died Thursday while surrounded by family.