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

Cheyenne, Wyoming – U.S. Senator-elect Cynthia Lummis announced her senior staff picks on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The team hails from around the state of Wyoming, including two staffers who will be based in Jackson.

“Having experienced Wyoming leaders at the helm of my office is a top priority,” said Lummis. “Each of these team leaders brings a wealth of experience and expertise that will help ensure we can be effective and fast in delivering real results for the people of Wyoming.”

Kristin Walker has been named the Senator-elect’s Chief of Staff. Walker is a graduate of Jackson Hole High School and the College of William and Mary. She has worked for former Wyoming U.S. Representative Barbara Cubin, retiring U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, Governor Mark Gordon, and Republicans in the Wyoming State Legislature. For the past six years, Walker has run, Three Elephant Public Relations, located in Jackson. She will split her time between offices in Washington, DC, and Jackson.

Former Wyoming Senator Leland Christensen will serve as the Senator-elect’s State Director. In January 2019, Christensen was appointed by Governor Mark Gordon to serve as Deputy Director of Homeland Security. He served 15 years in the 19th Special Forces Airborne Army and the National Guard. He also worked in the Teton County and Lincoln County Sheriff’s offices for 20 years. He served two terms on the Teton County Board of Commissioners, and also was a board member on the Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics, Salvation Army, Crime Stoppers, and the Teton County Fair Board. He will split his time between offices in Cheyenne and Jackson.

Darrin Munoz will be the Legislative Director and based in Washington, DC. Munoz is a Newcastle native and a two-time graduate of the University of Wyoming. He joins the Senator-elects’ office from the private sector, where he worked closely with federal agencies including the Department of Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency while advocating for natural resources. Munoz has previously worked on policy for U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and former Congressman Denny Rehberg. Darrin served in the U.S. Navy for four years.

Outgoing State Representative Tyler Lindholm will be the State Policy Director. Lindholm lives in Sundance and is the Vice President of the Jackpot Ranch. Lindholm served as State Representative for House District 1 for six years. Dubbed the ‘Crypto Cowboy,’ Lindholm played a key role in passing a series of laws that has accelerated Wyoming’s place on the international stage as a cryptocurrency and blockchain leader. He served in the U.S. Navy from 2001-2006. Lindholm will be based in Sundance.

Chris Land will serve as General Counsel and Policy Advisor. He will be leaving his position as General Counsel of the Wyoming Division of Banking in late December. Land was previously committee counsel and a legislative draftsman at the Wyoming Legislature. He was a Research Fellow at the Northwestern University School of Law and will be published shortly. Chris holds a B.S. from Florida State University, a LL.M. in Legislation from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Land will be based in Washington, DC.

Josh Arnold will be Deputy Chief of Staff, based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the office, he was Director of Strategic Partnerships at Heritage Action. Arnold was Advisor to the Executive Director at Heritage Action and was a member of their government relations team. He was also a staffer for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) where he worked with members and staff of the House Freedom Caucus. Josh is a graduate of the University of Akron.

Senator-elect Lummis will be sworn into office on January 3, 2021, in Washington, DC.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.