Former Wyoming GOP lawmaker mulling Senate bid to replace Enzi

Former Wyoming GOP lawmaker mulling Senate bid to replace Enzi

Former Wyoming Rep. Cynthia LummisCynthia Marie LummisFormer Wyoming GOP lawmaker mulling Senate bid to replace Enzi Liz Cheney faces a big decision on her future Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary MORE (R) is reportedly considering a Senate bid to fill the seat that Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziKudos to the legislators trying to fix our broken budget On The Money: Mnuchin signals officials won't release Trump tax returns | Trump to hold off on auto tariffs | WH nears deal with Mexico, Canada on metal tariffs | GOP fears trade war fallout for farmers | Warren, regulator spar over Wells Fargo Budget chairs pick former Bush official to head CBO MORE (R-Wyo.) will vacate in 2020

Multiple sources told the Casper Star-Tribune that Lummis, who left office in 2016, is mulling a Senate run. 

Her former chief of staff Tucker Fagan told the newspaper that Lummis has received “numerous” calls from former colleagues encouraging her to run.

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“She’s had a lot of stuff on her plate, and she’s working through those. And she’s not done yet,” Fagan said. 

“But I know she is getting calls from people in Congress saying ‘hey, if Enzi’s going out, you should take it seriously.’ And she’s doing that. She’s mulling her business, family, lifestyle and the possibility of a run,” he added. 

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsHillicon Valley: Lawmakers seek 'time out' on facial recognition tech | DHS asks cybersecurity staff to volunteer for border help | Judge rules Qualcomm broke antitrust law | Bill calls for 5G national security strategy Lawmakers call for 'time out' on facial recognition tech DeVos family of Michigan ends support for Amash MORE (R-N.C.), who served in the conservative House Freedom Caucus with Lummis, said in a statement to The Hill on Friday that she would be an "excellent choice" to replace Enzi.

“Cynthia loves Wyoming and has a servant’s heart," he said. "She would be an excellent choice to replace Mr. Enzi, who has served our country and his state well.”

Lummis’s campaign committee has about $122,000 on hand, according to recent Federal Election Commission disclosures.

Lummis was previously considered to replace Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeSenate panel approves Interior nominee over objections from Democrats Interior's border surge puts more officers in unfamiliar role Not 'if' but 'when' is the next Deepwater Horizon spill? MORE as Interior secretary and said at the time it was a position she was interested in.

The Hill reported earlier this week that she is a potential contender for the Wyoming Senate seat.

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyAmash storm hits Capitol Hill The GOP's commitment to electing talented women can help party retake the House GOP launches anti-BDS discharge petition MORE (R-Wyo.) is among those who have been floated as a potential replacement for Enzi. The second-term congresswoman and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is currently the third-ranking House Republican. 

Enzi announced his upcoming retirement earlier this month. 

Scott Wong contributed to this report. Updated 3:23 p.m.