Freedom Caucus rep won't seek reelection

Freedom Caucus rep won't seek reelection
 
“I came to Washington to be a reformer, not a career Congressman,” Lummis said in a statement. 
 
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“With the election of Paul Ryan to be Speaker of the House we have ushered in thoughtful, conservative leadership, restored member-driven policy-making to the legislative process and returned regular order that will bring sunshine to back rooms making government work better,” she added.
 
“I used my political capital in Washington to bring about reform and to represent the best interests of Wyoming. Now it is time for a new face to take on this important task for Wyoming.”
 
Lummis, 61, represents Wyoming’s deep-red, at-large congressional district. Elected in 2008, she is one of the House GOP’s more conservative members and belongs to the far-right House Freedom Caucus, which is credited with pushing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) into an early retirement last month.
 
This past summer, she was one of three conservative lawmakers to be booted from the GOP whip team after voting against a procedural rule, nearly derailing major trade legislation that was backed by top GOP leaders.
 
Lummis’s decision ends a decades-long career in Wyoming politics. She served in the Statehouse from 1979 to 1995 then went on to become state treasurer for eight years before her election to Congress.
 
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) praised her “extraordinary career in public service.”
 
“Wyoming will miss her energy and her fight,” he said. “The U.S. House of Representatives will miss one of the most decent, honest and irreplaceable voices for western principles and ideals in Congress today.”
 
Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said she was taking a "serious look" at the open seat. 
 
She launched a primary challenge against longtime GOP Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) last year but dropped out of the race, citing health reasons. 
 
"I am taking a serious look at running and will be discussing this with my family and others around the state as I make my decision in the coming weeks," Cheney told The Associated Press
 
Updated at 8:18 p.m.