CHEYENNE – Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis has officially announced she will be running to replace Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., when he steps down at the end of his current term.

In her announcement, the Cheyenne Republican touted her conservative bonafides and pledged to work with President Donald Trump on building a southern border wall and fighting against liberals across the aisle.

“In both Washington and Cheyenne, I fought to protect the values and freedoms of Wyoming individuals and families, and I can’t in good conscience watch from the sidelines as our way of life is threatened by liberal ideologues in DC,” Lummis said in a news release. “A new crop of socialist lawmakers are waging war on our freedoms. And radical environmental groups continue to thwart common-sense energy solutions.”

Lummis said environmentalists were intruding on Wyoming’s business and blamed former President Barack Obama for the policies that led to last week’s mine closures in Gillette.

“Wyoming’s next senator needs to be a voice for the voiceless – especially Wyoming’s energy families,” she said in her statement.

Lummis served as U.S. representative for Wyoming’s sole at-large congressional district from 2009-17. She was the second successive woman to hold the state’s seat in the House after Barbara Cubin.

Lummis opted not to pursue re-election in 2016.

She served as a member of the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1979-83 and 1985-93, and was a member of the state Senate from 1993-95. She also had a stint as state treasurer from 1999 to 2007.

The Lummis campaign will host a press call at noon today to talk more about her candidacy.

Ramsey Scott is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s state government reporter. He can be reached at 307-633-3124 or rscott@wyomingnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @RamseyWyoming.

Ramsey Scott is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s state government reporter. He can be reached at 307-633-3124 or rscott@wyomingnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @RamseyWyoming.

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