Mr. President, each year the Wyoming Agriculture Hall of Fame asks for nominations of farmers, ranchers and others who contribute to the agriculture industry in Wyoming. After the nominations are received, a panel of three judges selects those who will be added to the Hall of Fame. This year United States Representative Cynthia Lummis is one of the Hall’s inductees. I think it’s fitting that Cynthia is being added to the Hall of Fame’s roster on its 25th anniversary because her participation, encouragement and support of our state’s farmers and ranchers deserve to be recognized on a momentous occasion for the Hall itself.
Cynthia has a long background in agriculture, beginning on her family’s ranch on Crow Creek. Growing up, she learned about the importance of being a good steward of the land, how to tend her family’s livestock, and how to make good use of all the resources that were at her disposal. She also participated in 4-H, raising shorthorn cattle. Over time Cynthia became a skilled horseman, and she used that talent to good effect at the world's largest outdoor rodeo – Cheyenne Frontier Days.
In fact, Cynthia was such an important addition to the “Daddy of 'em All” that she is also being inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame this year. It’s worth noting that her parents, Doran and Enid, and her whole family have already been inducted into that Hall, but this year Cynthia will be recognized for her singular contributions, from repairing parade costumes to serving as Miss Frontier. Cynthia is fully deserving of that honor, and this is just another example of the mark she has left on every corner of our state.
At the University of Wyoming, Cynthia received degrees in animal science and biology and was a member of the rodeo team. She then became the youngest woman ever elected to the Wyoming Legislature and also earned a law degree from UW. She put that degree to use as a clerk for the Wyoming Supreme Court and in private practice.
After serving fourteen years in the Wyoming House and Senate, where she focused largely on agriculture and natural resources issues, Cynthia served as Governor Geringer’s Policy Director and was then elected State Treasurer. While serving as Treasurer, Cynthia became the first woman on the Cheyenne Frontier Days board of directors. For all of these reasons and more, Cynthia was named a 2005 Outstanding Alumna for the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture.
But Cynthia wasn’t done fighting for Wyoming or the agriculture industry. In 2008 she took the next step in her political career and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Cynthia has proven to be up to the challenge of being our state’s lone voice in the House, and I have been proud to work with her.
Through all of this, Cynthia has been active in the operations of the Lummis family ranch. I am sure she will continue to work on behalf of the state, and the industry, that she’s loved her entire life.
Mr. President, I want to extend my congratulations to Cynthia for everything she has accomplished, and for her induction into the Agriculture Hall of Fame. She would be the first to say she couldn’t have done it alone, so I also want to recognize Cynthia’s family, and in particular her daughter Annaliese and her husband Al. For years Cynthia and Alvin were a team that took on the issues that will direct the future of Wyoming and our nation, and I know Alvin would be so proud of her recognition in the Agriculture Hall of Fame.