Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney, the incumbent Wyoming Republican U.S. Representative who had broken with her party to criticize former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 insurrection, lost Tuesday’s race for Wyoming’s at-large congressional district to Harriet Hageman, an attorney who supported Cheney in her race for the House in 2016.While there is not extensive official information on Hageman, this is what we know:

She has a background as an attorney and has worked in the legal field

Hageman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming and her law degree from that institution. She began her career as a law clerk for federal appeals Judge James Barrett, and went on to practice law privately in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska, according to Iowa State University. Her specialty as an attorney was natural resources and water litigation. She also represented the federal government in many private property cases, according to Wyoming Public Media.

She first ran for public office in the 2018 election

Hageman, whose father Jim Hageman was a Wyoming state representative for more than 20 years, unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2018.Hageman said in a statement that she decided to run against Cheney in the House because Cheney “betrayed Wyoming, betrayed the country and she betrayed me.”Cheney was ostracised by senior members of the 

Republican Party for voting to impeach Trump and later criticizing him for his handling of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.Roughly 70% of Wyoming voted for Trump and Cheney’s repudiation of him became the red line for so many GOP voters who enthusiastically backed her not long ago. Trump eventually officially endorsed Hageman but not before he criticized her as an “ungrateful” person who would “vote against us all” if elected to Congress.”

Lawyer Who Defeated Cheney Spent Career Defending Regulations on Environmental Protection

Wyoming’s lone congressional seat is being contested in the Republican primary, with incumbent Rep. Liz Cheney facing a challenge from Harriet Hageman. Ms. Cheney has drawn most of the attention in the race thanks to her vocal denunciations of former President Donald J. Trump and what she describes as the threats to democracy posed by his far-right followers. But Ms. Hageman has a track record in Wyoming of fierce advocacy on issues particularly relevant to the state’s ranchers, energy and mining interests. She spent decades as a trial lawyer fighting environmentalists in America’s least populated state and opposing federal rules protecting land, water and endangered species. Her most far-reaching case was a successful challenge of Clinton-era federal regulations to protect millions of acres of National Forests from road-building, mining and other development.

Ms. Hageman has a long history of opposing federal ownership of land, including her representation of groups seeking to remove protections for the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act and allow states to manage hunting. As an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 2018, she suggested transferring one million acres of federal land to the state and would have led to selling off prized hunting, fishing and hiking areas.“She has a long reputation among the conservation and sportsman groups of being an anti-federalist, particularly when it comes to ownership of land,” said Dan Smitherman, the Wyoming state director at Wilderness Society . “Most of the main conservation groups and probably 50 to 60 percent of sportsmen assume we’ll be playing defence against her when it comes to public land issues and perhaps some issues like wolves and bears.”

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