Cynthia Lummis

Cynthia Lummis


Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman


The Casper Start Tribune recently requested Congressman Lummis’ views on the recent court decision lifting Wyoming's state ban on gay marriage.  The quote below was sent to the CST, but since half of it was omitted, we thought we’d post the complete quote.

“Rep. Lummis personally believes that marriage is between one man and one woman.  The Congressman also holds that this is an issue that should be left to the states under the Constitution and she is disappointed in the Supreme Court’s refusal to review the arguments regarding state control of marriage.”

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Sheridan County Office Hours


DeAnna Kay, Denise Ebzery, and Matt Jones, Field Representatives for U.S. Senators Michael Enzi and John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis are scheduled to hold “Office Hours” in Sheridan at The YMCA during the following time and place:



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

11:00 a.m. - Noon

Sheridan County YMCA

417 N. Jefferson Street


Area residents are encouraged to come and discuss issues or views, questions or concerns with Kay, Ebzery and Jones regarding the federal government.  These comments and concerns will be relayed to Senator Enzi, Senator Barrasso and Congressman Lummis.

If residents are unable to attend at that time, but would like information or assistance, please contact these offices at:

Senator Enzi’s Gillette office at 307-682-6268

Senator Barrasso’s Sheridan office at 307-672-6456

Congressman Lummis’ Sheridan office at 307-673-4608

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Lummis Votes Against Syrian Involvement and Excessive Sequester Spending


Washington, D.C.-Yesterday, U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis voted against authorizing President Obama to supply, equip, and train approved Syrian rebel groups to defend the Syrian people from attacks by terrorists such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and to secure territory they have seized from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  This measure gives authority for the President to send advisers to train the reportedly moderate rebel forces.  The vote was to amend a continuing resolution that funds the government at spending levels above sequester through December 11, 2014.  Both measures passed the House of Representatives.


“After waiting until the window for opportunity to act on these threats has all but closed, President Obama has requested authority to commit American resources and troops to assist, equip, and train ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels, but this is just one among several bad options we now have,” said Rep. Lummis.  “The President does not seem to have any conviction that this strategy is the best strategy we have, or even that it is a good strategy at all.  Before committing our country to getting involved in another conflict overseas I think the President should have come to Congress looked members in the eye and explained exactly what is the goal of American involvement in Syria, why this option was the right strategy to accomplish that goal, and convinced us that he would follow through to ensure success.  If the President cannot convince other branches of his own government, how is he going to convince the Syrian rebels and other countries in the region that his strategy is worth following?”

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Lummis Votes to Stop EPA Seizure of Wyoming Waters


Washington, D.C.-Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis voted for and the House passed H.R. 5078: the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014.  The bill halts the Environmental Protection Agency’s rulemaking to redefine the “waters of the United States” over which the agency has jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.  The rule would give the federal government unprecedented and nearly unlimited jurisdiction over waters currently managed by the states, contrary to repeated Supreme Court rulings that there are limits to federal authority under the Clean Water Act.  In addition to stopping this rule proposed earlier this year with little state or local input, the bill halts another EPA rule imposing new burdens on the ability of agricultural producers to claim longstanding exemptions from Clean Water Act requirements.  Instead, H.R. 5078 requires the EPA to actually consult with state and local officials to develop recommendations for what water is or is not covered by the Clean Water Act, reserving the final judgment on the matter to Congress.


“Today’s passage of the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act will ensure that waters currently under state management will remain under state management, where they belong,” said Rep. Lummis.   “In Wyoming, water is our single most precious natural resource, which we guard jealously and without which our communities and economies could not survive.  The agency is stretching the law to the point of breaking it, claiming jurisdiction over every pond, ditch, and stream in Wyoming no matter how small or isolated.  Few, if any, bodies of water would be left to the long-standing, expert, and efficient governance of our State.  This would disrupt water distribution, interfere with private property rights, and impose economic costs on families and businesses along the way.  This legislation gives state and local governments a long overdue seat at the table and ensures Congress has final say over what water is and is not subject to the Clean Water Act.”



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Lummis: Border Security Comes First and Foremost


On Friday night of last week, the U.S. House passed two bills to help address the crisis at the border with Mexico. First H.R. 5230 grants supplemental funding to enhance border security including $405 million to the Department of Homeland Security directed to the border and $70 million to deploy National Guard units. The bill also closes loopholes in a 2008 trafficking law that allowed illegal aliens to be released into the U.S. until deportation and ensures that customs and border patrol agents can operate on federal land.

The second bill the House passed, H.R. 5272, defunds the President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order. This prohibition on funding ensures the safe but expeditious deportation of unaccompanied minors who cross the border illegally.

U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, who voted for both the bills, said they are "the first of several measures that must be taken to secure our border."

"The bills we passed are careful but decisive and will send a clear message to those considering illegally crossing our border: we will not allow it," said Rep. Lummis. "The supplemental funding reinforces quick apprehension and expeditious deportation. The bill’s policy of ‘last in, first out’ will send back as quickly as possible the ones who just arrived so they can spread the word that the legal means is the only means of immigrating to America. Defunding DACA also offers clarity where President Obama remains obscure. Let us be clear, border security comes first and foremost."

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Lummis Demands EPA Listen to Wyoming


Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finishing their urban-area-only listening sessions on the EPA’s proposed carbon emissions rule. The hearings were held this week in Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, GA; Denver, CO; and Pittsburgh, PA. U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis joined colleagues in the House in sending a letter to Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the EPA, demanding additional hearings in states where coal production takes place, including Wyoming, West Virginia, Kentucky, Texas, and Arizona.

“These cities are large urban areas, several of which are hundreds of miles from the communities that will be most impacted by this flawed proposal,” the letter says. “It is deplorable that the EPA has not scheduled public hearings in communities that will lose thousands of jobs if these overreaching regulations are adopted.”

The rule sets carbon emissions targets that will close coal-fired power plants, increase the cost of electricity, and force drastic changes to the electrical grid that could threaten power reliability. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has estimated that the EPA’s approach could cause 224,000 job losses annually and lower disposable income in the U.S. by $586 billion through 2030 – all for miniscule carbon emissions reductions that will be more than offset by increasing coal usage in other countries. The Partnership for a Better Energy Future, a coalition of business organizations representing over 80 percent of the U.S. economy, stated that in addition to significant legal questions, the proposed mandate is “fundamentally incompatible with numerous practical and technical aspects of America’s electricity system.”

On Wednesday, July 23, McCarthy told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in reference to the carbon rule: "And the great thing about this proposal is it really is an investment opportunity. This is not about pollution control. It's about increased efficiency at our plants…It's about investments in renewables and clean energy.”

“The EPA could not be more out of touch with the needs of every day Americans,” said Rep. Lummis. “Wyoming will take the economic brunt of this ill-conceived rule for no benefit. We could all hop on one foot and have about the same effect on climate change. Billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost if this rule is enacted and all so the President can feel a moral superiority on the international scene. Here at home, Americans will suffer, our economy will suffer, and our energy security will suffer. The EPA needs to hold a hearing in Wyoming, look our citizens straight in the eye, and hear first-hand the damage their proposal will inflict on hard-working Americans.”


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Campbell County Office Hours


DeAnna Kay, Brianna Straub and Matt Jones, Field Representatives for U.S. Senators Michael Enzi and John Barasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis are scheduled to hold "Office Hours" in Wright and Gillette. Area residents are encouraged to come to discuss issues or views, questions or concerns with Kay, Straub and Jones regarding the Federal government. These comments will be relayed to Senators Enzi and Barasso and Congressman Lummis. Hour are as follows:

Wright Town Hall: Friday, August 1st, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Gillette City Council Chamber: Friday August 1st, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

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Lummis Bill to Reform ESA Passes House


Today the U.S. House passed H.R. 4315: the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act. H.R. 4315 combines four bills authored by members of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Congressional Working Group, of which U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis is a Co-Chairman. The legislation advances basic transparency in ESA science and litigation, elevates the role of states and tribes in the decision-making process, and seeks to discourage the excessive ESA litigation that is driving ESA implementation, including through closed-door court settlement agreements between the federal government and ESA litigators. Rep. Lummis authored the portion of the bill requiring the Department of the Interior to track, report to Congress, and publish online: 1) the taxpayer funds spent to respond to ESA lawsuits; 2) the number of federal employees dedicated to ESA litigation; and 3) attorneys’ fees awarded in the course of ESA litigation and settlement agreements.

“Today, forty years after the Endangered Species Act was created, and twenty five years since it was last amended, it’s time to bring the ESA into the 21st Century,” said Rep. Lummis. “This legislation is a small but important step in that direction. It won’t solve all of the ESA’s problems overnight, but it will start the reform process by instilling transparency, accountability, and an elevated role for states in the ESA’s implementation. The law’s heavy mandates and costs have been borne by Wyoming’s citizens for too long without meaningful oversight, which this legislation will facilitate by shining light on rampant ESA litigation and the questionable science used to make decisions that impact people’s livelihoods. Wyomingites care deeply about their land, water, and wildlife and practice conservation every day on the ground where it matters most. Wyoming deserves a voice at the table and the benefit of transparency in the federal ESA decisions that impact our state.”

Summary of H.R. 4315:

o Requires the publication on the internet of the data used to make ESA listing decisions. The internet did not commercially exist the last time the ESA was reauthorized in 1988 and this provision brings this part of the ESA up to date.

o Requires federal agencies to provide states, tribes and local governments with the data used to formulate a listing decision before a listing decision is made.

o Requires the consideration of data submitted by states, tribes, and local governments as a part of the ESA process.

o Requires the tracking and publication of ESA-related litigation expenses, including taxpayer-funded attorneys’ fees. The public deserves to know how many of their tax dollars are being spent to finance briefcases-in-courtrooms instead of boots-on-the-ground species recovery. This transparency will also begin to open up the secretive litigation processes by which ESA policy is being set with zero input from those actually impacted.

o Caps attorney fees for litigation filed under the Endangered Species Act at $125 an hour. This is the same cap that applies to claims under the Equal Access to Justice Act, a law under which small businesses, veterans, and federal benefit recipients may sue and recover fees from the government.

H.R. 4315 is supported by the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, Wyoming County Commissioners Association, Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Western Energy Alliance, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, The Public Lands Council, the National Association of Counties and many others.

Rep. Lummis has also joined colleagues from sage grouse states in introducing H.R. 4716: the Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act, which would prevent a federal ESA listing of the sage grouse, allowing Wyoming and other states to prove that they can effectively manage and conserve sage grouse within their respective states. Click here for more information.


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Lummis Joins Chorus to Reassure Border State Governors of Emergency Defense Authority


This week, U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis signed onto H.Res. 675 in support of the constitutional authority of the governors of the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California to take action to secure the international border of the United States within their states. In addition to supporting gubernatorial authority, the resolution calls on these governors to deploy the National Guard to the border and commits to compensating these states for costs incurred in securing their borders.

“During this latest surge in the growing border crisis, the President has shown again and again that he will not act and we cannot afford to wait until he does,” said Rep. Lummis. “The federal government is under a constitutional obligation to defend the states, but the Administration’s inaction as tens of thousands of illegal immigrants rush our border only exacerbates a dangerous and real breach of state and national security that must be dealt with. Article I of the U.S. Constitution gives states the right to protect themselves against ‘imminent danger as will not admit of delay.’ We cannot afford to delay addressing the rush on our nation’s border, and so I urge the governors of the states involved to deploy National Guard units to secure the borders within their respective states both for their own security and the security of our country.”

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Appropriations Cuts IRS Funding, Stops Obamacare Fines


Yesterday U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis R-WY voted with the majority in the U.S. House to cut funding for the IRS by $341 million and stop its rule that threatens free speech for 501(c)(4)s as part of the FY 2015 Financial Services Appropriations bill. The funding legislation, as amended, also prohibits enforcement of the Obamacare individual mandate as well as cuts funding for preparations of executive orders that contradict current law. In addition, the act cuts unjustified IRS bonuses and wasteful spending, prevents destruction of records, requires IRS employees attendance at taxpayer rights training, prohibits future political targeting and protects Americans’ 1st Amendment rights.

“The House has the power of the purse and we are using that power to rein in this out of control President and administration,” said Rep. Lummis. “From the IRS’s political targeting to the presidential power grabs through the many executive orders, Congress needs to reclaim the authority granted it by the people and the constitution and hold those responsible accountable. Hitting this administration where it hurts most, the wallet, is the best way to get their attention.”

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113 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2311
Fax 202-225-3057

Cynthia Lummis (pronounced “Luh-miss”) was elected to represent the people of Wyoming in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.  She was raised on her family ranch in Laramie County and graduated from the University of Wyoming with bachelor degrees in Animal Science and Biology. In 1979, Cynthia became the youngest woman ever elected to the Wyoming Legislature. She returned to the University of Wyoming for a law degree, which she received in 1985.


Cynthia then clerked at the Wyoming Supreme Court, practiced law in Cheyenne, and served a total of fourteen years in the Wyoming House and Senate, concentrating on natural resource and taxation issues. She completed her legislative service in 1994 and then chaired Governor-elect Jim Geringer’s transition team. She continued to work in the Governor’s office for two more years, primarily on natural resource issues. Cynthia also served as the interim Director of the Office of State Lands and Investments.

Cynthia was elected Wyoming State Treasurer in 1998. In eight years (two terms) as Wyoming State Treasurer, she converted Wyoming’s primarily fixed income investment portfolio of $3.5 billion to a fully diversified portfolio of equities, real estate and fixed income investments, public and private, domestic and international, totaling $8.5 billion. Her term of office as State Treasurer ended in January 2007.


Cynthia continues to be involved in the daily operations of the Lummis family ranch. She and her husband, Al Wiederspahn, a former Wyoming legislator and Cheyenne attorney, have one daughter, Annaliese.

As the sole House Representative for the state of Wyoming, Cynthia is a staunch advocate for fiscal responsibility, limiting the size and scope of the federal government and developing our nation’s domestic energy capabilities. Cynthia is a member of the House Natural Resources, Oversight and Government Reform and Science, Space and Technology Committees.

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