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 leads GOP field by 20 points in potential Wyoming Senate race: poll Liz Cheney and Rand Paul extend war of words Pressure rises on Cheney to make decision MORE (R) is reportedly considering a Senate bid to fill the seat that Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziSenate approves stopgap bill to prevent shutdown Budget process quick fixes: Fixing the wrong problem Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid 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 MeadowsThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Sparks fly as House Judiciary debates impeachment articles Democrats object to Meadows passing note to Jordan from dais Meadows says he's advocating for Trump to add Alan Dershowitz to impeachment defense team 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: House Science Committee hits EPA with subpoenas | California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver | Interior disbands board that floated privatization at national parks Interior disbands advisory board that floated privatization at national parks Overnight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics 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 CheneyGOP calls for minority hearing on impeachment, threatens procedural measures Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran 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.