Wyoming’s U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis has been picked to serve as “ranking member” on two Senate subcommittees this year, a significant leadership role for a freshman member of the Senate.
Lummis will serve as ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife and as ranking member of the Subcommittee on Space and Science in the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
A ranking member is the highest ranking and, usually, longest serving minority member of a committee and works with the committee chairman to set priorities and agendas. Lummis said she was honored to serve as the top Republican for two subcommittees, particularly two dealing with issues with such importance to Wyoming.
She said Wyoming has been working to conserve and protect its fish and wildlife since the 1860s, and she looks forward to bringing the state’s knowledge of responsible and science-based conservation to the Fisheries, Water and Wildlife Subcommittee.
Lummis also noted that Cheyenne is home to the National Science Foundation’s Computational and Information Systems Lab, a supercomputer that’s helping drive research into how our planet works.
In addition to the Environment and Public Works and the Commerce, Science and Transportation committees, Lummis also has been named to the Senate’s Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. She said these are three powerful committees that position her to advocate for Wyoming’s natural resources, financial innovation and rural telecommunications and transportation issues.