Twice snubbed senator isn’t angling for Trump Interior job

By Emma Dumain, Robin Bravender | 06/13/2024 01:36 PM EDT

Wyoming Republican Sen. Cynthia Lummis interviewed twice to be then-President Donald Trump’s Interior secretary, she said. 

Cynthia Lummis. Photo credit: Francis Chung/E&E News

Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) on Capitol Hill on March 17, 2021. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Wyoming Republican Sen. Cynthia Lummis isn’t vying to be Interior secretary if former President Donald Trump retakes the White House next year, she said Thursday.

Lummis, who assumed her Senate seat in 2021, said she interviewed twice for the job during the Trump administration but was passed over.

With the November presidential election approaching and Trump preparing to face off against President Joe Biden for the second time, energy and environmental insiders are already speculating about potential Cabinet picks for a possible Trump administration. Names of Western Republicans with interests in public lands management are being circulated as possible contenders for the high-profile Interior post.


But Lummis said she doesn’t plan to lobby for the job.