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Lummis Wins In The Wake Of Husband's Death


In Tuesday’s election, U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis won her fourth term in office, beating out Democrat Richard Grayson with almost 70 percent of the vote. She says Wyoming people were clear in their message that they prefer stronger state control.

"I’m looking forward to working with a Republican Senate to keep government at the federal level focused on what it was designed to do," she says. "Which is protect our borders and provide for the defense of this nation. And allow states to function in the areas of air, land, water, wildlife."

Lummis goes into her next term following the death of her husband, former Democratic legislator Alvin Wiederspahn, just last week. Lummis says her husband played a significant role on her team, but she says her daughter has moved back to Wyoming to help.

"My daughter has recently come back to assume my husband’s business obligations in a way that will allow me to focus 100 percent of my time on Wyoming in Congress," Lummis says.  "And I want to assure the people of Wyoming that Al would have had it no other way."

Lummis says she intends to focus on reforming the Endangered Species Act and decreasing the kind of federal overreach that she says hurts Wyoming’s economy and natural resources. She says she’s looking forward to working with a Republican-run senate, which she expects to lift the log jam that’s been blocking Washington for years. 

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