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Cynthia Lummis
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U.S. House, Wyoming
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBarbara Cubin (R)
Leadership
Wyoming State Lands and Investment Acting Director
1997-1998
Aide to Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer
1994-1996
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.57 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next primaryAugust 19, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wyoming State Treasurer
1999-2007
Wyoming State Senate
1993-1995
Wyoming House of Representatives
1979-1983, 1985-1993
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wyoming
J.D.University of Wyoming College of Law
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 10, 1954
Place of birthCheyenne, Wyoming
ProfessionRancher, lawyer
Net worth$14,410,011
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Cynthia Marie Lummis (b. September 10, 1954, in Cheyenne, Wyoming) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Wyoming. Lummis represents Wyoming's At-Large Congressional District and was first elected to the House in 2008. She won re-election in 2012.[1] She is running for re-election in 2014.

Prior to her election to the U.S. House, Lummis served in the Wyoming House of Representatives and the Wyoming State Senate.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Lummis is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Lummis earned her B.A. and B.S. in Animal Science and Biology and worked on her family's ranch before becoming the youngest woman to be elected to the Wyoming Legislature. After serving in the Wyoming House of Representatives, she went back to the University of Wyoming to earn her J.D. She then practiced law and eventually returned to politics.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Lummis' academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Lummis serves on the following committees:[3][4]

2011-2012

Lummis was a member of the following House committees:[5]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on the Interior and the Environment
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Lummis's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Voted "No" Lummis voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Lummis voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Lummis voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Lummis voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Lummis voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "No" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Lummis joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[15][16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Lummis voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Lummis voted against HR 2775.[22]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Lummis voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Lummis voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[25]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Lummis voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Lummis voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Cynthia Lummis endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [28]

Elections

2014

See also: Wyoming's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2014

Lummis is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Wyoming's at-Large District. Lummis is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Wyoming's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2012

Lummis won re-election in 2012. She ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Chris Henrichsen and Libertarian Richard Brubaker in the November general election.[29]

U.S. House, Wyoming At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCynthia Lummis Incumbent 69% 166,452
     Democratic Chris Henrichsen 23.9% 57,573
     Libertarian Richard Brubaker 3.5% 8,442
     Constitution Daniel Clyde Cummings 2.1% 4,963
     Country Don Willis 1.6% 3,775
Total Votes 241,205
Source: Wyoming Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lummis is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Lummis raised a total of $3,026,193 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[32]

Cynthia Lummis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Wyoming, At-Large District) Won $715,313
2010 US House (Wyoming, At-Large District) Won $780,426
2008 US House (Wyoming, At-Large District) Won $1,530,454
Grand Total Raised $3,026,193

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lummis' reports.[33]

Cynthia Lummis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 14, 2013$124,142.22$5,531.64$(50,538.24)$79,135.62
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$78,635.62$36,190$(18,434.32)$96,391.30
October Quarterly[36]October 14, 2013$96,391.30$78,761$(29,115.86)$146,036.44
Year-end[37]January 31, 2014$146,036$53,885$(13,837)$186,083
Running totals
$174,367.64$(111,925.42)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Lummis' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Lummis won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Lummis's campaign committee raised a total of $715,314 and spent $593,403 .[38]

Cost per vote

Lummis spent $3.57 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Lummis' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Lummis won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Lummis's campaign committee raised a total of $780,426 and spent $576,836.[39]

U.S. House, Wyoming At-Large, 2010 - Cynthia Lummis Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $780,426
Total Spent $576,836
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $65,709
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $68,523
Top contributors to Cynthia Lummis's campaign committee
FMC Corp$10,250
American Assn of Orthopaedic Surgeons$10,000
American Bankers Assn$10,000
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
Arch Coal$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$102,850
Livestock$45,350
Retired$42,025
Mining$39,999
Leadership PACs$36,223

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[40]

Lummis most often votes with:

Lummis least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lummis is a "far-right Republican," as of June 27, 2013.[41]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Lummis missed 71 of 3,357 roll call votes from January 2009 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.1%, which is equal to the median of 2.1% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[42]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lummis paid her congressional staff a total of $1,015,627 in 2011. Overall, Wyoming ranks 6th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[43]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2012

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Lummis' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $5,332,023 to $23,487,999. That averages to $14,410,011, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Lummis ranked as the 39th most wealthy representative in 2012.[44]

Cynthia Lummis Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$14,410,011$71,000

National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Lummis was 1 of 3 members who ranked 120th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[45]

2011

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Lummis was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 126th in the conservative rankings.[46]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Lummis has voted with the Republican Party 94% of the time, which ranked 179th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[47]

Personal

Lummis and her husband, Al Wiederspahn, have one daughter.[2]

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See also

External links


References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Wyoming"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Official House website, "Biography," accessed November 22, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014
  5. Official House website, "Committees," accessed November 22, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 69 - Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist Attack - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 CNN.com "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  28. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  29. Wyoming Elections Division "2012 Primary Candidate Roster," accessed June 10, 2012
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Cynthia Lummis," accessed April 18, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Lummis 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 25, 2013
  34. FEC "April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  35. FEC "July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  36. FEC "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  38. Open Secrets, "Lummis Campaign Contributions," accessed February 22, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Cynthia Lummis 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 22, 2011
  40. OpenCongress, "Cynthia Lummis," accessed August 8, 2013
  41. GovTrack, "Lummis," accessed June 27, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Lummis," accessed April 11, 2013
  43. LegiStorm, "Cynthis Lummis," accessed September 7, 2012
  44. OpenSecrets, "Lummis, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  45. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara Cubin
U.S. House of Representatives - Wyoming
2009-Present
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Wyoming State Treasurer
1999-2007
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Wyoming State Senate
1993-1995
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Wyoming House of Representatives
1979-1983, 1985-1993
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