Senator Cynthia Lummis introduced legislation to address the national budget and debt. Photo: Courtesy

WYOMING – Pledging to stand ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ with President Donald Trump to enact a conservative agenda that will benefit Wyoming families, businesses, and communities, former US Congressman Cynthia Lummis announced today she is running for the US Senate.

“In both Washington and Cheyenne, I fought to protect the values and freedoms of Wyoming individuals and families, and I can’t in good conscience watch from the sidelines as our way of life is threatened by liberal ideologues in DC,” Lummis said. “A new crop of socialist lawmakers is waging war on our freedoms. And radical environmental groups continue to thwart commonsense energy solutions.”

The announcement follows weeks of speculation that the former state lawmaker would join the scramble for a seat on the US Senate—one that has not been available for decades. Since Mike Enzi announced his retirement in May after four terms, a growing list of potential candidates has been bandied about.

Until Lummis’ declaration, only Joshua Wheeler, a Wyoming Army National Guard veteran, from Casper had official decided to run. Rumors continue to swirl regarding Liz Cheney, Jillian Balow, Affie Ellis, Foster Friess, Bob Grady, Matt Mead, Tyler Lindholm, and David Dodson.

During her eight years in Congress, Lummis earned a reputation as a staunch conservative. She championed Wyoming’s mineral and energy resources and fought off attacks from the environmental left. She was a founding member of the Freedom Caucus and garnered an A+ rating from the NRA and a 100% voting record with Right to Life.

“Washington simply can’t seem to keep its nose out of Wyoming’s business,” Lummis said. “The heartbreaking layoffs in Campbell County are an example of this. People back here in Wyoming are continuing to be devastated by Obama-era policies aimed at regulating our natural resources out of existence. Wyoming’s next Senator need to be a voice for the voiceless—especially Wyoming’s energy families.”

Since leaving Congress she has worked with her brother and sister on the family ranch and businesses.