Riverton, Wy – Former Wyoming House Speaker Eli Bebout underwent a seven-and-a-half-hour operation to remove a cancerous tumor from his esophagus.
The 57-year-old Riverton resident is recovering at University of Texas Hospital in Houston following the surgery Monday.
Bebout expects to spend three to four weeks recovering in the hospital. With him in Houston are his wife, Lorraine; mother, Dessie Bebout; brother, Nick Bebout; and uncle, Mike Svilar.
A Republican, Bebout lost to Dave Freudenthal in last year's governor's race. Bebout is involved in several small business enterprises in Fremont County including an oil and gas exploration company and a farm and ranch operation.