On Nov. 12 U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R) announced she would not seek reelection in 2016. As one of Wyoming’s most experienced politicians, 2016 will mark her 30th year in elected office. She spent 12 years in the State House, two years in the State Senate, and eight years as Wyoming State Treasurer before winning four terms in U.S. Congress.
Lummis began her political career in 1979. At age 24, she was the youngest woman member of the Wyoming House of Representatives in state history. She married fellow legislator Rep. Alvin Wiederspahn (D) in 1983, and earned a law degree at the University of Wyoming in 1985.
During her two terms as state treasurer from 1999 to 2007, Lummis led the conversion of state investments from mostly fixed income funds to a diversified portfolio.
In 2014 Lummis’ husband Wiederspahn died of a heart attack. The two raised one daughter, Anneliese Wiederspahn.
During her current term, Lummis joined the Freedom Caucus, a group that used leverage to oust House Speaker John Boehner from his chair. She lost her position as a “deputy whip” in June after opposing Boehner on a rules vote related to a trade deal.
Following the news of Lummis’ intention not to run in 2016, Wyoming Rep. Tim Stubson (R-Casper) announced he would seek the seat. Stubson joins Jason Senteney of Yoder, a corrections officer as a candidate in the 2016 race for the GOP nomination.
For more on Lummis’ career, read this in-depth WyoFile report.
Read Lummis’ statement on not seeking reelection in 2016.