Lummis Tapped As Next Senate Western Caucus Chair

December 8, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) announced today that she will take the gavel as chairman of the Senate Western Caucus for the 118th Congress. She succeeds Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) as he steps into the role of chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. 

“Wyoming issues are western issues and it is critical to elevate their importance with policymakers and agencies here in Washington,” said Senator Lummis. “I am honored to, once again, take the reins of the Western Caucus and work with my colleagues to advance policies critical for western natural resources, economic development and preserving our rural way of life. From energy development, public lands and water, to rural air service, broadband and healthcare, the Senate Western Caucus will champion the issues most important to western states. 

Lummis continued, “Senator Daines and previously Senator Barrasso set a high bar in leading the caucus and I look forward to continuing their important work.”

“Senator Lummis is an exceptional leader and champion for our Western way of life, as well as a great friend and trusted colleague. The Senate Western Caucus will be in great hands with Cynthia, my neighbor to the South, at the helm!” said Senator Daines. 

“Senator Lummis is a champion for Western issues and devoted to defending the multiple-use of our public lands. The Senate Western Caucus could not have picked a more deserving leader to succeed Senator Daines as chairman,” said Senator Barrasso. “Senator Lummis will continue the fight against the Biden administration’s restrictive public lands regulations and anti-American energy policies. She will represent Wyoming and the West well in this new and important role.” 

The Senate Western Caucus, founded in 2009 by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), educates members on western priorities and values in the United States Senate. The Caucus currently boasts a membership of 27 members of the United States Senate who represent states west of the Mississippi River and are committed to upholding the fundamental principles of the West. 

When serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Senator Lummis was the Congressional Western Caucus chair in the 114th Congress and advocated on behalf of western states in the face of the Obama administration’s overreach on Waters of the United States rule, National Environmental Protection Act, and the Endangered Species Act.