Term of office is two years; there are no term limits. Wyoming has one representative; base salary is $174,000. Members participate in Social Security, and receive health benefits under the Affordable Care Act. They also receive a yearly allowance for specified expenses related to congressional duties, and the cost of office space in their home district. No response was received from Daniel Clyde Cummings (Constitution party).
What motivates you to run and makes you especially suited for this public office?
Liz Cheney (R): No state has been hurt more by Obama-era policies than Wyoming. We need a representative who will lead the effort to undo this damage, roll back the size, scope and authority of the federal government. My deep roots in Wyoming and dedication to the Wyoming values on which I was raised, combined with the experiences I’ve had inside and outside Wyoming, give me the tools to be the strongest voice and leader for Wyoming in Congress. As Wyoming’s representative I will bring national focus and attention to our issues and fight every day to defend our Constitutional rights and freedoms.
Lawrence Gerard Struempf (Libertarian): The main reason I ran was to fix our broken two party system, creating a strong third party. Two additional reasons were to protect our public education system and improving our economy. I am the only candidate who was raised on a Wyoming cattle ranch and who graduated from UW. I have a Bachelors in computers and a Masters in management. I worked as a systems engineer, a business owner, and a teacher, as well as presiding in Rotary, Kiwanis and other organizations. I will be a valued member of the Ag, technology and education committees in Congress.
Ryan Greene (D): Over 18 years, I helped my family turn a one-truck welding service into a 250-employee energy service company. Today Greenes Energy Services provides labor and construction to all of Wyoming’s energy producers—from the coal mines to the wind farms. I started as a welder and worked my way up to Operations Director. When this last bust hit, I personally had to tell hard workers that their jobs no longer existed. This is Wyoming’s fourth bust in fifty years, and we need to elect people that will take practical and achievable steps to move our state towards a stable economy.
There are many state and regional water distribution agreements like the Colorado River Compact of 1922. Demand for water has increased, so what role should the Federal government have in ensuring equitable water distribution and standards for beneficial use to balance competing interests?
Liz Cheney (R): In an arid state like Wyoming, and following a summer that saw numerous catastrophic wildfires, we are reminded of just how precious Wyoming’s water is. I am adamantly opposed to Waters of the U.S. and other federal overreach when it comes to water. I am also opposed to the “Million Pipeline” which would take water from Wyoming and pump it along the front range of Colorado. Wyoming’s water law has been an example to the nation and we must work to retain primacy over our waters. Disputes over water should be handled between states and free from federal overreach.
Lawrence Gerard Struempf (Libertarian): As a moderate Libertarian, I believe it is important to do what is best for the people of this country and ensure their rights. It is a right to have clean drinking water and air. I believe that the Federal government should work with the states, to ensure water rights of Americans have access to drinking and irrigation water in all states. I also feel that the Federal Government oversteps its boundaries in regulation of rainwater and privately owned irrigation bonds.
Ryan Greene (D): Our nation’s population is growing, and the demand for fresh water will surpass consistent supply within our lifetimes. Wyoming shares many water resources with other states, like the Ogallala Aquifer, which stretches beneath Wyoming and seven other states. When it comes to determining rights to these shared resources, setting standards for usage (agriculture vs entertainment), and balancing rural and urban needs, a neutral third party is an absolute must. Also, federal funds should immediately start funding research to advance drought-resistant crops and efficient irrigation systems.
The nation’s immigration policies have evolved over many years in response to events and politics of those times; what reforms, if any, do you advocate in current immigration policies?
Liz Cheney (R): President Obama has made our nation significantly less safe by failing to enforce our immigration laws. We must secure our borders, enforce existing laws, end the practice of sanctuary cities and prohibit any path to citizenship or amnesty for those who are here illegally. We must also halt the inflow of Syrian refugees. ISIS and other terrorist organizations are attempting to infiltrate the United States through our porous borders and refugees programs. Our national security requires that we secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws.
Lawrence Gerard Struempf (Libertarian): There are currently millions of illegal immigrants in the United States. US farms and corporations have become dependent on this large labor force. I would work to ensure better border security to greatly decrease the flow of illegal immigrants into this country. I would also work to develop a simple path for the laborers who are currently here to get temporary work visas so they could be identified and work legally. This would also enable a greater penalty for those who do not register and get a laborer work permit.
Ryan Greene (D): One of my Laramie friends is a United Kingdom citizen. She is legally working and living in Laramie, has legally purchased a car and a house in Laramie, and has contributed to our tax base and Social Security. For over a decade, she has been trying to become an American citizen, paying immigration attorneys legal fees and doing endless paperwork. – She is a legal immigrant, and the legal immigration system is not working for her. Congress seriously needs to simplify, streamline and overhaul our legal immigration system, and I support establishing a merit/point-based system as a first step.