Cynthia Lummis

Cynthia Lummis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wyoming's at-large district
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Preceded by Barbara Cubin
Succeeded by Liz Cheney (elect)
34th Treasurer of Wyoming
In office
January 1999  January 2007
Governor Jim Geringer
Dave Freudenthal
Preceded by Stan Smith
Succeeded by Joe Meyer
Member of the Wyoming Senate
from the 5th district
In office
January 14, 1993  January 10, 1995
Preceded by Gary Yordy
Succeeded by Donald Lawler
Personal details
Born Cynthia Marie Lummis
(1954-09-10) September 10, 1954
Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Alvin Wiederspahn (1983–2014)
Children Annaliese
Alma mater University of Wyoming (BS, JD)
Website Government website

Cynthia Marie Lummis Wiederspahn (born September 10, 1954) is the U.S. Representative for Wyoming's at-large congressional district, serving since 2009. She is a member of the Republican Party. She previously served as a State Representative (1979–1983, 1985–1993), State Senator (1993–1995), and State Treasurer (1999–2007).

She did not seek reelection in 2016.[1]

Early life

Lummis is one of four children born in Cheyenne to Doran Lummis and the former Enid Bennett (1928–2013), a native of Denver, Colorado, who was reared in Cheyenne and was highly active in Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Republican Party. Lummis' maternal grandparents were Clarence "Buck" Bennett, the head mechanic at the Greyhound Bus Lines in Cheyenne, and Eda Erickson Bennett. In a statement upon her mother's death, Lummis said, "I carry with me so many lessons my mother taught me; chief among them is the quiet grit she displayed in the face of pain and adversity."[2]

After high school, Lummis enrolled in the University of Wyoming in Laramie, obtaining two Bachelor of Science degrees in animal science in 1976 and in biology in 1978.[3] While she was a legislator, she received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wyoming in 1985 and also clerked for the Wyoming Supreme Court.[3]


Lummis was a member of the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1979 to 1983 and 1985 to 1993, and then the Wyoming Senate from 1993 to 1995.

U.S. House of Representatives

Cynthia Lummis is one of three female U.S. Representatives in Congress who identifies as a "congressman"; the others are Republicans Marsha Blackburn and Diane Black of Tennessee.[4]



Lummis, who carried the support of pro-life and economic conservative voters in Wyoming, won the November 4, 2008, general election to succeed Barbara Cubin of Casper. In the August primary election, Lummis defeated businessman and rancher Mark Gordon of Buffalo in Johnson County.

In the general election, Lummis faced Democratic Teton County School Board Trustee Gary Trauner of Wilson, who had run against Cubin in 2006 and nearly won.[5] Trauner criticized Lummis because she has supported privatization of Social Security and has also suggested raising the retirement age for receiving such benefits; Trauner has called instead for consideration of imposing the FICA tax on income over $100,000, which is currently exempt.[6]


Lummis won re-election with 71% against Democratic challenger David Wendt.[7]


Lummis again won re-election with 69% of the vote against Democratic challenger 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."[8]


Lummis is a signer of Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge.[9]

Timothy P. Carney of the Washington Examiner has called Lummis one of Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake's "posse of anti-appropriators" on the Appropriations Committee.[10] According to Carney, Lummis "is the league leader in bucking the committee leadership."[10]

Legislation supported

Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis with colleagues Eric Cantor and Mary Fallin

Committee assignments


United States House Committee on Natural Resources (2009–2011; 2013–present)


Caucus memberships

Electoral history

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Wyoming state treasurer, 1998 – general election:[19][20]

Wyoming state treasurer, 2002 – Republican primary:[21]

Wyoming state treasurer, 2002 – general election:[22]

Wyoming's At-large congressional district, 2008 – Republican primary:[23]

Wyoming's at-large congressional district, 2008 – general election:[24]

Wyoming's at-large congressional district, 2010 – Republican primary:[25]

Wyoming's at-large congressional district, 2010 – general election:[26]

Wyoming's At-Large Congressional District, 2012 – General Election:[27]

Personal life

In 2008, Lummis reported her wealth as ranging from $20 million to $75 million. She ranked in 2010 as the twenty-ninth wealthiest member of Congress. Most of Lummis’ wealth is derived from her family-owned Arp and Hammond Company, Lummis Livestock Company, and Old Horse Pasture Inc.[28]


  1. dougrandall (28 January 2016). "Stubson Touts Wyoming Experience In Run For Congress". KGAB 650AM.
  2. "Rep. Lummis' Statement on the Passing of Her Mother, October 10, 2013". Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  3. 1 2 "Biography - Congressman Cynthia Lummis".
  4. Ostermeier, Eric (June 13, 2013). "Meet the Three House Women Who Go by "Congressman"". Smart Politics.
  5. "Zwonitzer withdraws from House race". Wyoming Tribune Eagle. 8 May 2008.
  6. Joyce, Matt (2008-10-10). "Trauner, Lummis camps debate Social Security". Casper Star-Tribune.
  7. "State Results – Election Center 2010 – Elections & Politics from". CNN.
  8. "Trevor Brown, Yoder man challenging Lummis in 2014 primary: Jason Senteney says Congress isn't working to solve budget issues, October 24, 2013". Wyoming Tribune-Eagle. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  9. "The Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers 112th Congressional List" (PDF). Americans for Tax Reform. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  10. 1 2 Carney, Timothy (2011-04-03) GOP anti-appropriators break up the spending party, Washington Examiner
  11. 1 2 3 Hancock, Laura (5 August 2013). "Lummis-supported bills move forward". Casper Star-Tribune Online. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  12. "H.R. 1684 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  13. Kasperowicz, Pete (19 November 2013). "House advances drilling, fracking bills". The Hill. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  14. "H.R. 1526 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  15. "CBO – H.R. 2919". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  16. D'Amico, Christine (1 August 2013). "Lummis, Cohen Draft Bill to Track Equal Access to Justice Act Payments Bipartisan legislation restarts agency tracking obligations; modernizes record-keeping with online database.". House Office of Cynthia Lummis. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  17. Hancock, Laura (9 February 2014). "House committee endorses bill targeting environmental group lawsuits". Casper Star Tribune. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  18. Bialik, Carl; Bycoffe, Aaron (25 September 2015). "The Hard-Line Republicans Who Pushed John Boehner Out". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  19. "Statewide Issues Abstract" (Portable Document Format). Wyoming Elections Division. p. 5. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  20. Foster, Deidre (November 4, 1998). "Lummis trumps Loveridge". Wyoming Tribune-Eagle. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  21. "Statewide Candidates' Abstract – Official Primary Election Results – August 20, 2002" (Portable Document Format). Wyoming Elections Division. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  22. "Statewide Candidates' Abstract – Official General Election Results – November 5, 2002" (Portable Document Format). Wyoming Elections Division. p. 2. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  23. "Republican Statewide Candidates Official Summary: Wyoming Primary Election – August 19, 2008" (PDF). Wyoming Elections Division. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  24. Miller, Lorraine C. (July 10, 2009). "Statistics of the presidential and congressional election of November 4, 2008" (Portable Document Format). Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. p. 68. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  25. "Statewide Candidates Official Summary: Wyoming Primary Election – August 17, 2010" (Portable Document Format). Wyoming Elections Division. p. 1. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  26. Haas, Karen L. (June 3, 2011). "Statistics of the congressional election of November 2, 2010" (Portable Document Format). Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. p. 56. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  27. "Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives – Election Information" (PDF). Karen Haas, Clerk of the United States House of Representatives.
  28. "Rep. Cynthia Lummis among Richest Members of Congress". Retrieved January 3, 2012.
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