Wyoming’s Cynthia Lummis announces retirement from the US House

US Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R), who has been Wyoming’s at-large US House member and one of the Natural Resources Committee’s most effective members since winning her first term in 2008, said that she will not run for reelection in 2016.

Her political career in the Cowboy State goes back to 1979, when she became the youngest woman ever elected to the state’s legislature in 1979 and served 14 years in its House and Senate, focusing on natural resource and taxation issues, until 1994.

Lummis then served in several state government posts, including interim State Lands and Investments director, before being elected state treasurer for two terms from 1998 to 2007.

She said that she appreciated being part of a strong congressional delegation which included Republican US Sens. John A. Barrasso, Michael B. Enzi, the late Craig L. Thomas, and their staffs. “We have fought tooth and nail to regain Wyoming’s abandoned mine lands funds, to reform the Endangered Species Act, and to restore a fair share of federal mineral royalties to Wyoming,” she said.

Enzi said, “She is known on both sides of the aisle and gets things done. She has been an essential part of our Washington team, using her agriculture, business, legal, legislative, and state treasurer background to make a big difference.”

National Ocean Industries Association Pres. Randall B. Luthi, who worked with Lummis in Wyoming’s state government, said, “Congress will be losing a stalwart warrior on energy issues with [her] decision not to seek reelection. Cynthia understands the importance of a balanced energy approach and the security and financial benefits of a broad based energy portfolio.”

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

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