Cynthia Lummis

Cynthia Lummis


Lummis Congratulates Liz Cheney


Last night Liz Cheney won Wyoming’s primary to become the Republican candidate for Wyoming’s lone House seat in November’s general election.  U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis issued the following statement in response:

“Hearty congratulations are in order for Liz Cheney on her successful campaign to become the Republican candidate for Wyoming’s lone House seat.  It has been a healthy primary and I would like to commend Leland Christensen, Tim Stubson, Darin Smith and the other candidates on their campaigns as well.  I look forward to Liz Cheney joining Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso to form a team of tireless advocates for Wyoming in Washington and I support her in the general election in November.”


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Converse County Office Hours


U.S. Senator Michael B. Enzi and Congressman Cynthia M. Lummis are announcing their respective Field Representatives, Jenelle Garber and Jackie King will be available to visit with Converse County residents on the following date, times and locations:

Glenrock Office Hours

Thursday, July 21, 2015

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Glenrock Town Hall-Council Chambers

Douglas Office Hours

Thursday, July 21, 2015

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Douglas City Hall-101 N. 4th Street-Council Chambers

Area residents are encouraged to visit with the Representatives of the Wyoming delegation on an individual basis during this time about matters involving the federal government.  These comments and concerns will then be relayed to the Senator and Congressman.


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Lummis Helps Secure Passage of First House-Passed Interior Bill in Seven Years


Today, after working late into the night, the U.S. House passed H.R.5538: the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis secured many Wyoming provisions in the bill including returning the gray wolf in Wyoming to state management, protecting Wyoming uranium miners, and fighting back against EPA’s attempts to seize state controlled waters.

“Wyoming, the West, and all of America have scored a major victory with the passage of this Interior appropriations bill, the first of its kind to pass in seven years,” said Rep. Lummis.  “The management of western public lands has suffered under the Obama Administration’s neglect and anti-West agenda, but this legislation marks a renewed effort to reinstate and reinforce state and local stewardship of our land, our water, our energy, and other natural resources crucial to our way of life in the West.  Wyoming provisions in the bill to return the gray wolf to state management, protect our state’s uranium producers, and secure state and local water management are crucial victories.  This will make a stronger Wyoming and a stronger America, as will the bill’s intervention into the Department of the Interior and EPA’s regulatory onslaught that threatens our nation’s prosperity, energy security, and global competitiveness.  America and the West have good reason to be proud of the House’s work through the late hours of several nights to pass this bill and send it to the Senate.”


  • The Interior Appropriations bill sets the budget and policy for the Forest Service and Department of the Interior, who collectively own or manage roughly 49 percent of the State of Wyoming and nearly half of the Western United States. The bill also sets the budget and policy for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which under nearly eight years of the Obama Administration has inflicted billions of dollars in economic damage on the American economy.
  • Cuts spending by $64 million, setting it at $1 billion below the President’s budget request, while still fully funding the Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.  The total also provides sufficient funding for the Department of the Interior to match privately raised funds and finally fulfill its longstanding obligation to purchase the Antelope Flats state school trust land parcel in Grand Teton National Park.
  • Reissues litigation-blocked rules delisting the gray wolf in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes.
  • Prevents the Obama Administration from carrying out its campaign to keep energy in the ground by:

                 o   time-limiting the indefinite federal coal lease moratorium, and

                 o   stopping efforts to increase taxes on federal coal, oil, and gas production,

  • Prevents the BLM from implementing duplicative rules on hydraulic fracturing and methane emissions, which are already subject to robust regulation by the State of Wyoming.
  • Prevents the EPA from implementing greenhouse gas regulations on new and existing coal plants as well as the Waters of the United States rule which would seize authority over waters historically managed by the states.
  • Protects private water rights from federal water grabs in federal permitting processes.
  • Funds more effective wildland fire prevention.
  • Prohibits funding for the so-called “social cost of carbon” to be used by federal agencies to hold up crucial energy and infrastructure projects.
  • Prohibits funding for the EPA’s In Situ Uranium rule to inflict unnecessary costs on Wyoming uranium production already struggling to offset our nation’s nearly 90 percent dependence on foreign uranium.
  • Simplifies the process for the BLM to transfer wild horses and burros to federal, state, and local agencies for use as work animals.
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Lummis Supports Constitutional Separation of Powers


Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis voted for, and the House passed, H.R.4768: the Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2016.  This legislation addresses the expanding administrative state in D.C. by overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s Chevron decision that gave unprecedented deference to federal agencies’ interpretations of the law.

“Today we voted to restrain the executive branch by reversing the unjustified deference the courts have given to agencies in interpreting the scope of their own authority,” said Rep. Lummis.  “Our government was deliberately crafted and is carefully balanced by the three branches of government: legislative, judiciary, and executive.  Regulatory agencies don’t have the authority to make laws, that lies with Congress and the judiciary should interpret the laws and settle disputes according to congressional intent.  We must rein in this unelected, out of control federal bureaucracy to restore the constitutional balance of powers and return lawmaking authority to the people’s elected representatives in Congress.”

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Niobrara County Office Hours


U.S. Senator Michael B. Enzi and Congressman Cynthia M. Lummis are announcing their respective Field Representatives, Jenelle Garber and Jackie King will be available to visit with Niobrara County residents on the following date, time and location:

Friday, July 15, 2016

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lusk Town Hall – City Council Chambers

201 East 3rd Street

Area residents are invited to visit with the representatives to discuss issues or questions regarding the federal government.  These will then be relayed to Senator Enzi, Senator Barrasso and Representative Lummis.


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Lummis Bill Increasing Southwest Wyoming Water Storage Passes House


U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis’ (WY-At large) legislation, H.R. 2273, to approve expansion of water storage at the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) Fontenelle Reservoir in Lincoln County, Wyoming was approved yesterday by voice vote on the floor of the U.S. House. 

“Having ranched in Wyoming all my life, I understand we can’t depend solely on the rain in the arid mountain west,” said Rep. Lummis.  “When it comes to water, our most precious natural resource, Wyoming understands the importance of saving years of abundance against years of drought.  This bill to increase storage capacity at Fontenelle Reservoir will help us do just that under the leadership and expertise of the State of Wyoming.”


  • The bill allows for the expansion of water storage at the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) Fontenelle Reservoir in Lincoln County.  This would be accomplished by completing the “rip-rap” around the reservoir.  “Rip-rap” is a foundation or sustaining wall of stones or chunks of concrete connected together around the reservoir to prevent erosion.
  • The bill directs the BOR to reach an agreement with the State of Wyoming to allow the State to complete the “rip-rap” around the reservoir.  The State of Wyoming would shoulder the cost of completing this project.
  • The current active storage capacity of the reservoir is 260,000 acre-feet.  The potential to expand the active storage capacity of the reservoir is up to 85,000 acre-feet for a total capacity of 345,000 acre-feet.
  • This project is part of Wyoming Governor Matt Mead’s “Ten in Ten” plan, which aspires to build ten new water storage facilities in ten years.
  • Senator Barrasso (WY) introduced the Senate version of the bill which passed earlier this year in a Senate energy package.


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Fremont County Office Hours


U.S. Senator Michael B. Enzi, U.S. Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia M. Lummis are announcing their respective Field Representatives, Jenelle Garber, Pam Buline and Sherlyn Kaiser will be available to visit with Fremont County residents on the following date, times and locations:

Shoshoni Office Hours

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Shoshoni City Hall

102 East 2nd Street

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

(307) 876-2515

Riverton Office Hours

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Riverton City Hall, Council Chambers

816 N. Federal Blvd.

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

(307) 856-2227

Lander Office Hours

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lander City Hall

240 Lincoln Street

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

(307) 332-2870

Area residents are encouraged to visit with the representatives of the Wyoming delegation on an individual basis during this time to discuss matters regarding the federal government.  These comments and concerns will then be relayed to their U.S. Senators and Congressman.

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Albany County Office Hours


U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and U.S. Congressman Cynthia Lummis are announcing that their representatives are scheduled to hold Office Hours in Albany County on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Their schedule will be:

Centennial – Centennial Library, 27 2nd Street 11-:11:30 AM

Laramie – First Interstate Bank,  2nd Floor Conference Room, 221 Ivinson Street, 3:30-4:30 PM

Area residents are encouraged to stop by during these times to discuss matters regarding the federal government.  All comments and concerns will be relayed to Senators Enzi, Barrasso and Representative Lummis.

For more information, please call Jamie Gronski at 307-772-2451.



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Lummis Bill Gives Parents Choice on Federal Mandates in Schools


Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) introduced legislation in response to the many federal mandates interfering with local public education, including President Obama’s recent pronouncements regarding K-12 locker room and bathroom policies.  The Local Education Freedom Act (LEFA) of 2016, supported by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC-05) and Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) as original cosponsors, would support parental choice in whether to subject their children to federal education mandates.

“For too long Washington has been providing roughly 10% of funding for our public schools while imposing 100% of the overbearing federal mandates that undermine our local school boards and burden our teachers,” said Rep. Lummis.  “School systems have a choice as to whether they accept the federal mandates and parents should have the same choice.  My bill would give parents that choice.  If they object to any of Washington D.C.’s mandates they can take their kids and their education dollars elsewhere to get an education free from federal influence.  Public education is not the problem; federal control of public education is the problem.”

Summary of LEFA:

  • Would require states with local schools that implement federal mandates to provide education savings accounts for parents who disagree with any federal mandate that has been implemented.
  • Would require states to fund the education savings accounts at the average per-pupil expenditure of the state.
  • Would allow parents to use the funds to educate their child in a learning environment not subject to the federal mandate with which the parents disagree.

        o   Alternatives include public or charter schools that have not implemented the federal mandate, private schools, private tutors, distance learning programs, institutions of higher education, and home schooling.

  • Would NOT apply to states or school districts that do not implement federal mandates.

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Hearing Spotlights Bill to Sunset Coal Lease Moratorium


Washington, D.C.-Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis hosted Wyoming panelists at a hearing on H.R. 5259: the Certainty for States and Tribes Act.  Rep. Ryan Zinke (MT-At large) introduced and Rep. Lummis cosponsored the legislation in response to the current Administration’s recent attacks on coal, oil, and gas production, including: the Secretarial Order placing a moratorium on new federal coal leases during a review of the federal coal program; the Office of Natural Resources Revenue’s proposed valuation rulemaking for coal, oil, and gas; and the Bureau of Land Management’s ongoing evaluation of a royalty rate increase on coal, oil and gas produced on public lands.

Among those testifying were Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow and Mr. Alex Kean, Administrator of the State of Wyoming Economic Analysis Division.

“While ignoring input from Wyoming and her citizens, this Administration continues wielding regulatory power like a meat cleaver, cutting off responsible energy production that is crucial to state revenue and keeping lights on across America,” said Rep. Lummis.  “Wyoming livelihoods are at stake in the ongoing review of the federal coal program, and this bill ensures Wyoming voices are represented through a reconstituted and strengthened Royalty Policy Committee.  The bill also sunsets Secretary Jewell’s indefinite moratorium on federal coal leasing, capping it at three years to provide more certainty to states and coal producers during this process.  Coal remains the most abundant, reliable, and affordable of America’s energy fuels, a critical ingredient for American energy security that will be left in the ground if this Administration’s policies are allowed to stand.”

“Reinstating the Royalty Policy Committee is one straight-forward, common sense way to improve communication between States and the Federal Government,” said Superintendent Balow.  “In addition, through the creation of the State and Tribal Resources Board, those states and tribes most dependent on royalty revenue from oil, gas, and coal will be provided greater opportunity to report on the impact of changes to royalty policy and be allowed additional time, if needed, to prepare for any reductions to critical services, including education funding.”

“Cooperation between State and federal agencies is critical to effective management of resources,” said Administrator Kean.  “Wyoming has significant expertise and information that will improve federal regulatory processes in many areas.  Wyoming has the biggest stake in the federal coal program and H.R. 5259 gives Wyoming the opportunity to be part of the process from the beginning and will result in better regulations and policies.”

Summary of the Certainty for States and Tribes Act (H.R. 5259):

  • Reconstitutes and ensures state representation on the Royalty Policy Committee, originally established in 1995 to advise the Secretary of the Interior on royalty management issues (including coal, oil, and gas) as well as other mineral-related policies.

             o   The Committee had only met once during the Obama presidency before Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell let the Committee’s charter lapse in 2014.

  • Creates a "State and Tribal Resources Board" to assess the economic impacts of the Department of the Interior’s proposed regulations on state and tribal budgets and make recommendations to the Secretary.

             o   If the Secretary fails to make the recommended changes prior to policies or regulations being finalized, the Secretary must provide clear justification of why the recommendations were not followed. 

  • Places a 3 year deadline for the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) of the federal coal program, sunsetting the moratorium on new federal coal leases at the earlier of three years or the completion of the PEIS.
  • Grandfathers in coal leases pending at the time of the coal Secretarial Order.
  • Establish streamlined procedures to ensure existing coal leases can be modified during the moratorium.
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Contact Information

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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