Harriet Hageman, a longtime Republican and prominent attorney with a record of successfully challenging government overreach, will announce Thursday that she is challenging Rep. Liz Cheney in the 2022 Republican primary for Wyoming’s lone seat in the House of Representatives. Hageman served as Republican National Committeewoman from Wyoming before stepping down this week in advance of the campaign announcement. Hageman is taking on Cheney, who has angered Wyoming voters and was censured by the Wyoming Republican Party earlier this year, largely for her support of the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.
“The people of Wyoming deserve leaders who reflect their views and values, but Liz Cheney betrayed us because of her personal war with President Trump, who won Wyoming by massive majorities twice,” Hageman said. “Cheney has lost the trust of the people of our state, just as she has lost any ability to be a leader for us in Washington, D.C. In contrast, I have dedicated my career to fighting for the people of Wyoming and defending our great state against the excess of government.”
Hageman has fought to protect Wyoming against runaway government and to preserve property rights. She successfully defeated the Clinton administration in a battle over access to forest lands involving the illegal Roadless Rule. And she has taken on the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to oppose mandates and usurpation of the rights of farmers and ranchers.
“Just like I spent countless hours and all of my energy fighting federal agencies in court, I am prepared to fight just as hard for Wyoming in Congress," Hageman said, noting that she will go to Washington to cut wasteful spending, end the regulatory state, demand election integrity reforms, and eliminate harmful policies like Critical Race Theory.
Hageman said that Cheney’s very public opposition to Trump, which predated her vote for impeachment, made her into a liberal media darling. Because the media used Cheney’s anti-Trump record as a weapon in their arsenal during the 2020 campaign, she has helped enable President Joe Biden’s administration.
“Like many Wyomingites, I supported Liz Cheney when she ran for Congress,” Hageman said. “But then she betrayed Wyoming, she betrayed this country, and she betrayed me.”
“Every time Wyomingites see President Biden fail us and harm the interests of our nation and our state, they have Liz Cheney to thank,” Hageman added. “There’s so much: the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, the crisis at the southern border, the resurgent coronavirus pandemic, the sagging economy. And then there’s Biden’s all-out assault on our energy industry, which we count on for thousands of good jobs for our families and revenue for our schools. Biden has been a disaster for Wyoming and Liz Cheney paved his way.”
Hageman is a fourth generation Wyomingite who was raised on her family ranch outside of Fort Laramie. Growing up on the ranch, she learned the value of hard work, honesty, and fighting for what you believe. Once described as one of the “fiercest and most effective opponents” of the Clinton Administration, Hageman knows that the hardworking men and women of Wyoming deserve a leader who shares their values and will not bow down to the pressures of the liberal left as soon as the road gets a little rough. She is a practicing attorney and earned her B.S. in Business Management and her Law Degree from the University of Wyoming.
Harriet Hageman Announcement Remarks
When: Thursday, September 9, 2021
4:00 p.m. MDT
Where: Little America Hotel & Resort
Big Horn Room
2800 West Lincolnway
Cheyenne, WY 82009