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 LummisLiz Cheney and Rand Paul extend war of words Pressure rises on Cheney to make decision Former GOP Rep. Cynthia Lummis files to run for Wyoming Senate seat MORE (R) is reportedly considering a Senate bid to fill the seat that Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziPoll: Majority of independent voters want GOP to retain control of Senate in 2020 Here are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Liz Cheney and Rand Paul extend war of words 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 MeadowsEx-Ukraine ambassador arrives to give testimony GOP seeks to gain more control of impeachment narrative Conservative lawmakers demand Schiff's recusal from Trump impeachment inquiry 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 ZinkeOvernight Energy: Advisory panel pushes park service to privatize campgrounds | Dems urge Perry to keep lightbulb efficiency rules | Marshall Islands declares national climate crisis Committee pushes National Park Service to privatize campgrounds Overnight Energy: Warren unveils T environmental justice plan | Trump officials eliminate board on smart grids | Proposed Trump rule aims to ease restrictions on mineral mining 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 CheneyFury over Trump Syria decision grows George Conway hits Republicans for not saying Trump's name while criticizing policy Furious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria 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.