And their campaign website boasted an A + rating from the National Rifle Association.
“She’s going to be a conservative voice and she’s tenacious, as you would expect someone elected from Wyoming to be,” said Senator John Barrasso, a Republican and state senator who serves on Senator Mitch McConnell’s leadership team.
Ms. Lummis, 66, is returning to Washington after four terms at the House. She decided not to look for a fifth after her husband Alvin Wiederspahn died in 2014. She said she had to take care of the family’s ranch – an almost 20,000-acre property that has ox marked “4-Z” on it.
Her family, who are descended from German immigrants, have always lived in Wyoming. In 1976 she was crowned Miss Frontier.
“I’m a girl from Wyoming. My great grandfather came to Wyoming in 1868, a year after the railroad,” she says. “He opened a hardware store and eventually bought out his hardware partner who also ran a ranch. That’s how we are at that Ranch business and we’ve been in the ranch business ever since. “
Mrs. Lummis has always had a keen interest in politics. A senior at the University of Wyoming, she did a Senate internship and “fell in love,” she says. In 1978, at the age of 24, she became the youngest member of state law in Wyoming history. From there, she received a law degree, was hired as general counsel to the governor, became director of the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments, and was eventually elected state treasurer.
All the while, she worked on the family ranch that buys and sells thousands of oxen annually.