Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said she wouldnt try to take the U.S. Senate seat up for grabs in Wyoming in 2020.
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), 75, is retiring after his current term, prompting speculation Cheney would run for the seat.
But the Republican Conference chairwoman in the House said she thinks she “can have the biggest impact” by remaining in the body.
“Nancy Pelosi and the socialist Democrats in the House of Representatives are threatening our freedom and our Wyoming values every day. They must be stopped. Our nation is facing grave security challenges overseas and the House Democrats are working to weaken our president and embolden our enemies. Socialists in congress and among the presidential candidates are threatening our liberty and freedom,” Cheney, 53, said in a statement on Jan. 16.
I believe I can have the biggest impact for the people of Wyoming by remaining in leadership in the House of Representatives & working to take our GOP majority back. I will not be running for the Senate in 2020. I plan to seek re-election to the House of Representatives.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) January 16, 2020
“I believe I can have the biggest impact for the people of Wyoming by remaining in leadership in the House of Representatives and working to take our GOP majority back. I will not be running for the Senate in 2020. I plan to seek reelection to the House of Representatives,” she added.
The news was welcomed by former Rep. Cynthia Lummis, who announced in July that she was running for the seat Enzi is vacating.
“As Ive said before, Congressman Cheney has been a great spokeswoman and leader for the Republican Party in D.C.,” Lummis said in a statement after Cheneys announcement. “Her role as House Republican Conference Chair is one she truly excels in and I think her future knows no bounds. Its a tremendous benefit to the people of Wyoming to have John Barrasso in leadership in the Senate and Liz Cheney in leadership in the House.”