GILLETTE, Wyo. — Congressional candidate Harriet Hageman has her eyes locked on two U.S. House committees should she win a bid to represent Wyoming in Washington, D.C. this year.
Hageman, who’s running for Wyoming’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives against incumbent Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, made an appearance at the Campbell County Senior Center on Saturday, May 14, where she announced her ambitions to join the House Natural Resource Committee as well as the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
An attorney and expert on administrative law, Hageman said that her career has enabled her to know what government agencies are doing, how their actions affect the people of Wyoming, and how to stop them.
“It is absolutely critical that Wyoming has representation on the Natural Resources Committee,” Hageman said. “Right now, Wyoming has none. Our representatives are on the Jan. 6 commission and the Armed Services Committee.”
She also claimed to have received a tentative offer from Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to take a seat on the House Oversight Committee, the main investigative committee for the U.S. House of Representatives, where she feels she can hold federal agencies in check.
Issa is not currently a member of the oversight committee as of May 16; however, he was on the committee at one time and Hageman believes he is poised to become the chairman soon.
“I really do believe, if we can bring in these agencies, that we can restore the republic that we are,” Hageman said.
Her goal, should she take office, is to restore accountability in Congress and to keep Wyoming’s representation in Washington, D.C. answerable to the people who elected them.
“And if we’re not doing our job, you need to throw us out,” Hageman said. “That’s what we’re going to do, we’re going to hold people accountable, and in doing so we’re going to send a message to the rest of the country that the government really does work for us. Not the other way around.”
The latest numbers from the Federal Election Commission show Hageman trailing behind Cheney in terms of total dollars raised.
As of May 16, Hageman has raised a total of $2.06 million compared to the $10.1 million raised by Cheney, per FEC filings.