Term of office is two years, there are no term limits. Wyoming has one representative; the base salary is $174,000 (those in leadership roles receive more). Each member also participates in Social Security (since 1983), and starting in 2014, receives health benefits under the Affordable Care Act. They also receive a yearly allowance for specified expenses related to daily congressional duties, ranging from $1,270,129 to $1,564,613 depending on their distance from Washington D.C. and the cost of office space in their home district.
- What are your qualifications for the office you seek? (75 words)
Richard Grayson (D): The Constitution says to qualify as a member of Congress, a person must be at least 25 years old and a US citizen for seven years. I was born in Brooklyn in 1951, so I’ve met those qualifications with decades to spare. I plan to meet the third and final Constitutional qualification that a Representative, “when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen,” by moving to Wyoming.
Cynthia Lummis (R): I was born in Cheyenne and am a lifetime Wyoming resident, rancher and a small business owner. I have served in the Wyoming Legislature, as Wyoming’s State Treasurer, and presently represent Wyoming in Congress. I work every day in Washington to fight for all of Wyoming, then return each weekend to listen to the people I represent. I vote my district!
Jason Adam Senteney (R): In my life I have done everything from serving my country in the Marine Corps, to managing multi-million dollar businesses. I have worked in Ag, Industries, and Public Service. I am not a career politician, and I believe I would bring an outside perspective to Washington. I currently serve my community as a Correctional Officer and Volunteer Firefighter, and would serve my state proudly in Washington.
- What are the short- and long-term advantages and disadvantages of reducing carbon emissions to Wyoming and the world? (100 words)
Richard Grayson (D): The long-term advantage of reducing carbon emissions is that it will lessen the probability of our leaving a legacy of extreme costs, poor air quality, less water in our rivers and streams, increased plant and animal extinctions, public health problems, and extreme weather to future generations. There are no long-term disadvantages to reducing carbon emissions. There may be some short-term disadvantages to economies like Wyoming’s, which are too dependent on industries like coal. But the free market is already punishing the coal industry in favor of cleaner, cheaper energy sources like natural gas, so it’s no big deal.
Cynthia Lummis (R): Testimony before the House Science Committee confirms that mankind’s contribution to climate change is not fully known. Yet the politics of climate alarmism drives energy policy in Washington. Wyoming coal, oil, and gas continue to power the US economy while providing high-paying jobs for Wyoming families, while fossil fuel use increases in China, India, and other rising economies. Presently, about 0.04 percent of our atmosphere is CO2, which means 99.96 percent is nitrogen, oxygen, and other trace gases. The level of CO2 in our atmosphere has fluctuated throughout earth’s existence, with today’s scientists still debating the role of humans affecting that level.
Jason Adam Senteney (R): The short and long term advantages of reducing carbon emissions is leaving a cleaner planet to our children! I believe with Carbon Capture Technologies growing by leaps and bounds and Clean Coal Technology, Coal is a sustainable energy source for our transition to total energy independence. The current “War on Coal” being administered by the current administration, is appalling! I believe through American Ingenuity, we as a nation can eliminate the attack against one Wyoming’s major resources.
- How can Congress be more productive? (100 words)
Richard Grayson (D): Given the dependence of members of Congress on constant fundraising for their campaigns–in my hopeless “campaign” for Congress, I’m not taking any donations or spending any money–and the extreme partisanship today, it’s unlikely our national legislature can work on long-term problems and compromise, as past Congresses did, to get things done on behalf of the American people. I’m extremely pessimistic about Congress increasing its productivity when many members of Congress feel they’re being sent to Washington to do absolutely nothing for $174,000 a year. After all, they were willing to shut down the government to prove that.
Cynthia Lummis (R): Finding Members of the US House whose interests mirror those of Wyoming is a must; whether Republican or Democrat, we need to build coalitions. To that end this session I have co-authored various bills with Democrat colleagues including: Jared Huffman of California to enable the National Park Service to work with public and private institutions to improve our parks; Tim Walz of Minnesota to help the Forest Service to better use volunteers and partners to improve its trails system; and, Jim Cooper of Tennessee on an issue important to women’s health research.
Jason Adam Senteney (R): Instead of worrying about the future of their political careers, the people we elect, need to be more proactive about real issues. They need to listen to their constituents, and face issues that impact the working people of their district. I believe that the lack of civility in Washington is unacceptable, and those currently in office and future elected officials need to put the needs of the nation first, instead of their own hollow agendas. If elected, I would work for the greater good of the Nation and the great state of Wyoming.