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U.S. Senator-Elect Cynthia Lummis Announces Senior Staff

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Incoming U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis on Monday announced her senior staff which includes a former Wyoming state senator and a Wyoming state representative.

Lummis, who will be sworn-in on January 3, 2021, said former Wyoming State Sen. Leland Christensen and outgoing State Rep. Tyler Lindholm will serve on her staff with longtime Wyoming political operative Kristin Walker heading up the team.

“Having experienced Wyoming leaders at the helm of my office is a top priority,” Lummis said. “Each of these team leaders brings a wealth of experience and expertise that will help ensure we can be effective and fast in delivering real results for the people of Wyoming.”

Lummis announced six positions including: chief of staff, chief counsel, state director, state policy director, legislative director, and deputy chief of staff.

Kristin Walker will serve as the Senator-elect’s Chief of Staff. A graduate of Jackson Hole High School and the College of William and Mary, Walker is a seasoned communications and political strategist who worked for former Wyoming U.S. Representative Barbara Cubin, retiring U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, Governor Mark Gordon and Republicans in the Wyoming State Legislature.

For the past six years, Walker has run Three Elephant Public Relations, a public affairs firm that works on a myriad of public and private-sector projects around the state and across the energy, public lands, technology, education and tourism spaces. She will split her time between offices in Washington, DC and Jackson.

Former Wyoming Senator Leland Christensen will serve as the Senator-elect’s State Director. Christensen was appointed by Governor Mark Gordon in January 2019 to serve as Deputy Director of Homeland Security.

He served 15 years in the 19th Special Forces Airborne Army and the National Guard and as a Wyoming lawman, working in the Teton County and Lincoln County Sheriff’s offices for 20 years. Christensen was twice elected to the Teton County Board of Commissioners.

He has volunteered for and served on a variety of local and state governing and non-governing boards including the Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics, Salvation Army, Crime Stoppers and the Teton County Fair Board. He will split his time between offices in Cheyenne and Jackson.

Outgoing State Representative Tyler Lindholm will be coming on board as State Policy Director. Lindholm lives in Sundance and is the Vice President of the Jackpot Ranch.

Lindholm served as State Representative for House District 1 for six years. During that time he passed several model pieces of legislation including the Food Freedom Act, Electronic Corporate Record Reform, Utility Token Act, and the most recent, Animal Shares, that allows for direct to consumer sales from ranches across Wyoming.

Dubbed the ‘Crypto Cowboy,’ Lindholm played a key role in passing a series of laws that has accelerated Wyoming’s place on the international stage as a cryptocurrency and blockchain leader. He served in the U.S. Navy from 2001-2006. Lindholm will be based in Sundance.

Darrin Munoz will be the Legislative Director and based in Washington, DC. Munoz is a Newcastle native and a two-time graduate of the University of Wyoming. He is a seasoned navigator of the federal legislative process, with particular expertise in energy and environmental policy.

He joins the Senator-elects’ office from the private sector where he has advocated for our nation’s natural resources and worked closely with federal agencies including the Department of Interior (DOI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Munoz has previously worked on policy for U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso as well as former Congressman Denny Rehberg. Darrin served in the U.S. Navy for four years.

Chris Land will serve as General Counsel and Policy Advisor. He will be leaving his position as General Counsel of the Wyoming Division of Banking in late December, after completing the build-out of Wyoming’s laws, rules and supervisory manual for bank digital asset activities.

Land was previously committee counsel and a legislative draftsman at the Wyoming Legislature. He was a Research Fellow at the Northwestern University School of Law, and will be published shortly on the constitutional law of legislative procedure. Chris holds a B.S. from Florida State University, a LL.M. in Legislation from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Land will be based in Washington, DC.

“I want policy to be driven from the ground up and with significant input from the people I am so fortunate to represent,” said Lummis.

Josh Arnold will be Deputy Chief of Staff, based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the office, he was Director of Strategic Partnerships at Heritage Action, the political arm of The Heritage Foundation, where he worked with congressional offices, White House staff, and outside stakeholders to advance key conservative legislation.

Before assuming this role, Arnold was Advisor to the Executive Director at Heritage Action and was a member of their government relations team. He was also a staffer for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) where he worked with members and staff of the House Freedom Caucus. Josh is a graduate of the University of Akron.

Senator-elect Lummis will be officially sworn into office on January 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. Additional announcements regarding staff and Wyoming office locations will be made in the coming weeks.

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Lummis Supports Gordon Joining Texas Election Lawsuit

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Senator-elect Cynthia Lummis voiced her support Thursday for the group of Wyoming legislators and legislators-elect asking Gov. Mark Gordon to have the state join a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas over the validity of votes cast in four states.

“We must protect free and fair elections,” Lummis said in a post on her Lummis for Wyoming Facebook page on Thursday. “I commend these legislators on their outreach to Governor Gordon and the Attorney General.”

The group of 31 legislators, including nine senators- and representatives-elect, is asking that Wyoming join the lawsuit filed against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that challenges the validity of millions of votes cast in those states.

The lawsuit alleges the four states made unconstitutional changes to their laws before the election that tainted the outcome of the presidential election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Lummis said she completely agreed that Wyoming should join the lawsuit, adding that she has heard from constituents in Wyoming and around the country who are concerned about “the integrity of our electoral process.”

“It is incumbent on us to uncover the truth and protect the vote upon which our system of government rests,” she wrote.

A letter sent to Gordon on Wednesday repeats allegations that the four states exploited the coronavirus to “justify ignoring federal and state election laws and unlawfully enacting last-minute changes, thus skewing the 2020 General Election.”

The letter’s signers include Sen. Dan Dockstader, R-Afton, who was recently chosen as the president of the state Senate, and Sen. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, who was recently selected Senate Majority Floor Leader.

Also urging Gordon to join the lawsuit is Wyoming’s Republican Party, which issued a statement on the issue on Tuesday urging action against what it called “rogue states” that unlawfully changed election laws.

Wyoming’s congressional delegation has yet to offer an opinion about the lawsuit.

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Lummis: Critical That Republicans Win Senate Races in Georgia

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State

It is critical that Republicans win two U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia to maintain the Republican majority in the Senate and stave off the adoption of liberal policies, U.S. Sen.-elect Cynthia Lummis said Monday.

“If both of those races go Democrat, then the Democrats will control the Senate by virtue of having the president of the Senate be Kamala Harris, the vice president of the United States,” Lummis said during an appearance on Fox’s “The Daily Briefing” with Dana Perino.

The senator-elect added that if Democrats took over as Senate majority, there would be Supreme Court packing, an end to filibustering and fines for gun owners.

“These are ridiculous consequences, these are monumental consequences,” she said.

Lummis also addressed Trump’s economic policies, which said had been beneficial to both rural and urban areas.

She expressed hope that the country could continue using Trump’s economic policies even if Biden was sworn as president in on Jan. 20.

“We need to separate people who just dislike President Trump’s temperament and personality from his policies, because they are great for America,” she said.

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Lummis: Trump Shouldn’t Concede Election Yet

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Senator-Elect Cynthia Lummis has become the second of Wyoming’s top elected officials to speak out regarding last week’s presidential election, saying President Donald Trump shouldn’t concede the election yet.

During an appearance on “GMA3: What You Need to Know” on Friday, Lummis told host Sara Haines that canvassing board results were still trickling in, giving the president hope that he could still win the election against former vice president Joe Biden.

“This is a very important exercise in our nation,” she said. “We have to be confident in the integrity, the security and the validation of our voting system.”

The newly-elected senator applauded Trump for raising issues about voter fraud and the integrity of the system, saying those calls should be fully vetted. This, she said, would allow for the voting system to improve for further elections.

Lummis retweeted the 60-second clip on Friday, reiterating her comments.

“Ensuring election integrity is core to our democratic republic. Let’s get it right and protect the vote,” she wrote.

Gov. Mark Gordon spoke out about the election this week as well, saying he wouldn’t congratulate Biden or Trump until the Electoral College officially announced the winner.

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Lummis Thanks Voters For U.S. Senate Win

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Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis released a statement tonight thanking her voters for electing her to the U.S. Senate.

Lummis’ statement is below:

“Tonight, the words ‘thank you’ are not enough. Not enough for the incredible team of county chairs who have helped me campaign in every community across our state. Not enough for the countless volunteers who spent their time hosting events, putting up signs and going door-to-door for our campaign. Not enough for the Wyoming voters who have put their faith in me to serve as their next United States Senator. I am humbled, honored and full of gratitude for the trust you have put in me.”

“Campaigning over the last eighteen months has given me the opportunity to connect with friends, old and new, from every corner of our state. I’m continually amazed by the vision, work ethic and sheer determination of our people and businesses. From energy and agriculture to technology and tourism, the future of traditional industries and cutting edge, new businesses can and should happen right here in Wyoming. The key to our future as a state is investing in our people, and keeping the long arm of Washington at bay.”

“There’s no question this is a challenging time for our state and nation. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact families and businesses. And the national media continues to fuel political divisiveness. However, it is my sincere hope that we wake up tomorrow not as a blue nation or a red nation, but a unified nation ready to renew the American spirit and sense of purpose. We have serious challenges to tackle and it’s going to require Republicans, Democrats and Independents to work together. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves, head back to Washington and work with my colleagues who are ready to enact a robust policy agenda that puts America – and Wyoming – first.”

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Cynthia Lummis Wins Wyoming U.S. Senate Seat

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Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis won her bid to return to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, defeating Democrat Merav Ben-David for the U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Senator Mike Enzi.

According to unofficial returns, Lummis defeated Ben-David by a large margin, 176,102 votes to 67,387.

The unofficial vote tallies did not reflect votes from Sweetwater County, which had not reported any returns as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The race was historic for Wyoming because it was the first time two women had vied for one of the state’s U.S. Senate seats.

Lummis, who served as Wyoming’s lone U.S. representative from 2009 through 2016, ran a campaign based on her “strong, no-nonsense, conservative leadership” and her support for the administration of President Donald Trump. She won Trump’s endorsement in her August primary against nine other Republicans.

During her campaign, Lummis pledged her defense of the Second Amendment, vowed to help with the confirmation of conservative judges nominated by Trump and stop the “socialist agenda” she said was contained in programs such as the “Green New Deal.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and conservative advocacy group FreedomWorks both congratulated Lummis on her win Tuesday night.

“The U.S. Chamber congratulates Senator-Elect Lummis on a well-fought victory in the Wyoming Senate race,” said Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue. “She is a champion for America’s business community and knows that Main Street prospers when free enterprise leads the way. We look forward to building a strong partnership with Senator-Elect Lummis and working together on behalf of our nation’s business community.”

The Chamber endorsed Lummis in her bid for the Senate seat.

“Cynthia Lummis has staged a remarkable campaign and achieved a hard fought victory, which is why FreedomWorks for America is proud to have been the first major conservative grassroots community to offer our endorsement,” FreedomWorks executive director Noah Wall said. “Lummis’ commitment to small government principles can be traced back to her days in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus and maintained a strong 87% lifetime score on the FreedomWorks Congressional Scorecard.

We are proud of both Lummis and our grassroots activists who worked tirelessly to elect a principled conservative to the U.S. Senate.”

Ben-David, a University of Wyoming professor of zoology and physiology, based her campaign on the idea that as a scientist, she would work to solve problems facing the questions by identifying problems, gathering the relevant data and using the information to reach evidence-based conclusions.

Ben-David, who became a U.S. citizen in 2009, was one of six candidates to seek the Democratic nomination for Wyoming’s open Senate seat and won the August primary with 40.5 percent of the vote.

The veteran of Israel’s Air Force ran a campaign sharply critical of Lummis’ record while she was in Congress, saying the Republican’s record showed a consistent failure to support small businesses, veterans, children and police.

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President Trump Endorses Cynthia Lummis

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As if former Wyoming Congressman Cynthia Lummis didn’t have enough conservative endorsements for her U.S. Senate campaign, she received the biggest one on Thursday with President Donald Trump giving her his thumbs up.

“Cynthia Lummis is a friend of mine and a great woman. She is running for Senate in the very Special State of Wyoming. Cynthia is Strongly for our Military, our Vets, and protection of the Second Amendment…” President Trump tweeted. “She will be a great Senator, and has my Complete and Total Endorsement!

Lummis, who has already received endorsements from a whos-who list of conservative superstars and conservative organizations, was thankful of the endorsement.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of President Trump,” Lummis said. “Right now, it is more important than ever that we follow President Trump’s lead and put America First!”

“In the U.S. Senate, I’ll stand shoulder-to-shoulder with President Trump to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States from overseas and get our economy back on track,” she said.

“With support from the people of Wyoming, I look forward to working with President Trump to launch the Great American Comeback,” Lummis said.

Lummis, who served for eight years as Wyoming’s sole representative in Congress from 2008-2016, is running to fill the seat being left vacant by Senator Mike Enzi.

Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Lummis spent eight years as Wyoming State Treasurer and 14 years as a member of the Wyoming State House and Senate.

Lummis has also been endorsed by U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Kevin Cramer, Cory Gardner, Steve Daines, Tom Cotton, Tim Scott and Bill Cassidy, among others.

She’s also received support from conservative champion Foster Friess, Congressman Jim Jordan, the National Rifle Association, Club for Growth, Senate Conservative Fund, and FreedomWorks for America. A list of endorsements can be found here.

Wyoming’s primary election will be held this Tuesday, August 18.

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