|United States Senator|
January 3, 2021
Serving with John Barrasso
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Wyoming's at-large district
January 3, 2009 - January 3, 2017
|27th Treasurer of Wyoming|
January 4, 1999 - January 9, 2007
|Member of the Wyoming Senate|
from the 5th district
January 14, 1993 - January 10, 1995
|Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives|
from the Laramie County district
January 7, 1985 - January 14, 1993
January 8, 1979 - January 3, 1983
Cynthia Marie Lummis
September 10, 1954
Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.
(m. 1983; died 2014)
|Education||University of Wyoming (BS, JD)|
Cynthia Marie Lummis Wiederspahn ( LUMM-iss; born September 10, 1954) is an American politician and attorney who is the junior United States Senator from Wyoming. She is the first woman to represent Wyoming in the Senate. A member of the Republican Party, she served as the U.S. Representative for Wyoming's at-large congressional district from 2009 to 2017. Before joining Congress, she served as a State Representative (1979-83, 1985-93), State Senator (1993-95), and State Treasurer (1999-2007). She did not seek reelection to the House of Representatives in 2016, and defeated Democratic nominee Merav Ben-David for the U.S. Senate in 2020.
In January 2021, Lummis joined a group of Republican senators led by Ted Cruz objecting to counting Pennsylvania's electoral votes due to claims that the state violated its own election laws. Accordingly, on January 6, Lummis voted in support of the objection to Pennsylvania's electoral votes. The Senate rejected this objection by 92-7. She voted against the objection to Arizona's electoral votes, which the Senate rejected 93-6.
Lummis is one of four children born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Doran Lummis and the former Enid Bennett (1928-2013). After high school, she enrolled in the University of Wyoming in Laramie, obtaining two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in animal science in 1976 and one in biology in 1978. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wyoming in 1985 and clerked for the Wyoming Supreme Court.
Lummis was one of three female U.S. Representatives who prefer the appellation "congressman" to "congressperson" or "congresswoman"; the others were the Tennessee Republicans Marsha Blackburn and Diane Black, who have since left the House.
Lummis, who carried the support of anti-abortion and economically conservative voters, won the November 4 general election to succeed Barbara Cubin. In the August primary election, she defeated businessman and rancher Mark Gordon.
In the general election, Lummis faced Democratic nominee Gary Trauner, a Teton County School Board Trustee who ran against Cubin in 2006 and nearly won. Trauner criticized Lummis for supporting privatization of Social Security and suggesting raising the retirement age for receiving such benefits; he called instead for considering imposing the FICA tax on income over $100,000, which is currently exempt.
Lummis was reelected with 71% of the vote against Democratic nominee David Wendt.
Lummis was reelected with 69% of the vote against Democratic nominee Chris Henrichsen.
In October 2013, corrections officer Jason Adam Senteney announced that he would challenge Lummis in the 2014 Republican primary. Senteney opposed the 2013 government shutdown: "You should never shut down essential programs for people. ... Whether it's a negotiation tactic or not, you shouldn't punish the American people for your own failure to work together in Washington."
Timothy P. Carney of the Washington Examiner called Lummis one of Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake's "posse of anti-appropriators" on the Appropriations Committee. According to Carney, Lummis "is the league leader in bucking the committee leadership".
United States House Committee on Natural Resources (2009-2011; 2013-2017)
After she retired from Congress in 2016, it was speculated that Lummis was considering a run for governor of Wyoming in 2018. In late 2017, she ruled that out, saying that she was enjoying her time outside of public life but would likely run for office again later. The Trump administration actively considered her for Secretary of the Interior after Ryan Zinke resigned, but David Bernhardt was eventually appointed to the position. On May 4, 2019, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi announced his retirement, leading to speculation that Lummis might run for his seat in the 2020 election. On July 11, 2019, she announced her candidacy. She won the election. In January 2021, Lummis joined a group of Republican senators, led by Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, in an unsuccessful effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. She voted in support of the objection to Pennsylvania's electoral votes and against the objection to Arizona's. Both objections were rejected by the Senate, 92-7 and 93-6 respectively.
Lummis was sworn in as senator on January 3, 2021. She is the only member of Wyoming's congressional delegation who was born in Wyoming.
|Democratic||Charyl "Butch" Loveridge||52,655||31.34|
|Republican||Michael S. Holland||3,171||4.56|
|Libertarian||W. David Herbert||11,030||4.42|
|Republican||Evan Liam Slafter||17,148||16.89|
|Libertarian||John V. Love||9,253||4.95|
|Libertarian||Richard P. Brubaker||8,442||3.49|
|Constitution||Daniel Clyde Cummings||4,963||2.05|
|Wyoming Country Party||Don Wills||3,775||1.56|
In 2008, Lummis reported her wealth as between $20 million to $75 million. In 2010, Roll Call ranked her as the 50th-wealthiest member of Congress, with a minimum net worth of $5.44 million. Most of Lummis's wealth comes from her family-owned Arp and Hammond Company, Lummis Livestock Company, and Old Horse Pasture, Inc. In 2016 she was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame. Upon taking office in the Senate in 2021, she will be the first senator to own cryptocurrency; she bought Bitcoin in 2013 after her son-in-law advised her to.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wyoming's at-large congressional district
| Chair of the Congressional Women's Caucus
Jaime Herrera Beutler
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Wyoming
| U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Wyoming
Served alongside: John Barrasso
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
Ben Ray Luján
| United States Senators by seniority