Former Senate boating advocate is mourned

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Former Wyoming Sen. Malcolm Wallop died last week at his ranch in Wyoming. He was 78.

He is best known to the boating industry for the Wallop-Breaux Trust Fund, which he helped create in 1984. The fund uses money raised through special fees and taxes on fishing gear and motorboat fuels to help finance state boating and fisheries programs.

His 18 years in the Senate included time as the ranking Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources and Armed Services committees. Wallop gained a significant victory when President Ronald Reagan began pushing a space-based anti-missile defense concept. Wallop was among a group of conservatives who had espoused the plan for years before Reagan came to support it.

Key legislation Wallop helped pass included an energy bill in 1992 and major portions of Reagan's tax cuts in 1981.

Wallop did not seek re-election in 1994, but remained active politically as director of the conservative Frontiers of Freedom Foundation think tank.

The States Organization for Boating Access gave Wallop its Outstanding Service Award in 1994.

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