Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) serves in the U.S. Senate as a junior senator from Wyoming who won in 2020 with Trump’s endorsement. Before becoming the first woman from Wyoming to be elected to the Senate, she served four consecutive terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2009–17. She has also worked for decades in state government, serving as state treasurer for eight years and as a senator and representative for 14. Lummis describes herself as a “dedicated champion of Wyoming’s mineral and energy resources [who has] fought off attacks from the environmental left while advocating for market opportunities both at home and abroad.”
After the 2020 presidential election, Lummis adhered to the GOP playbook by casting doubt on the legitimacy of the outcome and helping to spread the Big Lie. She objected to certifying the Electoral College win by President Biden and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special commission to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
January 6, 2021
- On Jan. 2, 2021, Lummis joined 10 other senators in calling for an “emergency audit” prior to the certification of the presidential election.“We intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed,” the senators wrote.
- On Jan. 4, Lummis attended a meeting at the Trump International Hotel organized by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, an election conspiracy theorist. At the meeting, presenters made various unfounded arguments claiming the election had been stolen, including that it had been subject to foreign influence and that the National Security Agency (NSA) could be called on to “investigate” using data procured from voting machines.
- Just hours after the violent attack on the Capitol, Lummis went ahead with refusing to certify the election of Biden as president, joining 146 other Republicans in Congress.
- Lummis voted against impeaching Trump for his role in inciting the mob that attacked the Capitol and dismissed the entire proceedings as “political theater.”
- Lummis, like all but a handful of Republican senators, voted against establishing a commission to investigate the violent attack on the Capitol.
The Big Lie
- After the election had been called for Biden by most papers of record and mainstream media outlets, Lummis claimed it was still too early to determine a winner. “Given how off-base the mainstream media has been, I will wait until all votes are counted and voting irregularities are looked into before issuing a statement on an election that remains very much up in the air,” Lummis said. “I remember one particular media moniker noting that democracy dies in darkness on their masthead, and there remains much that needs a little sunlight before we know the outcome of this election.”