Cynthia Lummis | People Directory
Cynthia Lummis was sworn into the United States Senate on January 3, 2021, becoming the first woman to serve as a United States Senator from the great state of Wyoming.
Born on a cattle ranch in Laramie County, Senator Lummis has spent her entire career fighting for Wyoming families, communities, businesses and values. From the halls of the Wyoming House to the halls of the US House, his time in public service has always been about defending Wyoming’s future.
First elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2008, Senator Lummis quickly earned her reputation as a conservative and principled politician. She was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, a group made up of the most adamant conservative members of the House of Representatives. She fought throughout her tenure in Congress to control spending and reduce the federal deficit, working with the Bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and eventually co-sponsoring several bipartisan budget proposals.
In the House of Representatives, Senator Lummis effectively elevated the West’s issues, pushing the first Interior and Environmental Appropriations (EPA) bill to pass the House in seven years under her presidency. This marked an important milestone for the Western Caucus and the western rural communities they represent. She also worked to keep public lands open to the public and available for multiple use. She successfully passed the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act in 2016, a bipartisan effort led by Cynthia to maintain more than 157,000 miles of trails in our national forests.
Senator Lummis is a dedicated advocate for Wyoming’s mineral and energy resources. In Washington, she fought attacks from the environmental left while advocating for market opportunities both at home and abroad. She is the proud patron of ANSAC Wyoming, a commercial shipping vessel carrying trona from the United States to Southeast Asia and received the Washington Coal Club Lifetime Achievement Award.
Prior to serving in the House of Representatives, Senator Lummis spent eight years as Wyoming State Treasurer and 14 years as a member of the Wyoming State House and Senate. She also worked as General Counsel to Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer and Director of the Office of State Lands and Investments, as well as a legal clerk at the Wyoming Supreme Court.
After leaving the United States House of Representatives in 2016, Senator Lummis operated her family’s cattle ranches and Sweetgrass development in Laramie County, along with her brother and sister. She is a three-time graduate of the University of Wyoming in animal science, biology, and law. She and her late husband, Al Wiederspahn, have a daughter, Annaliese, son-in-law Will Cole, and grandsons Gus and Al.