Years living in Wyoming: I moved back home 8 years ago.

Age: 54

Lives in: Teton County

What is or was your occupation, and how has it prepared you to represent Wyoming in the U.S. Senate?

I am honored to be Wyoming’s lone representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. I serve as the 3rd ranking member of the House Republican Conference and sit on both the House Armed Services Committee and Natural Resources Committee.

Do you support another federal coronavirus relief package? Yes

The CARES Act provided critical relief to Wyoming, our health care providers, tribes, schools, small businesses and ranchers. While funding in CARES was a necessary response to the public health emergency, any future relief package must be fiscally responsible and specifically tailored to the families and businesses struggling to recover from the pandemic. Unfortunately, the legislation proposed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi was nothing more than an irresponsible, partisan wish list that would have done nothing to rebuild our economy, get people back to work and keep kids back in school. I am hopeful that we can come to an agreement that would allow our small businesses to access additional Paycheck Protection Program money, give the state more time and flexibility to use CARES Act funding, and provide additional support to Wyoming energy producers.

Rank the top three most pressing issues facing Wyoming.

1. COVID-19

2. Economy

3. See below

What does this miss? The Chinese Communist Party [See full answer online at JHNewsAndGuide.com]

What, if anything, should be done to reform the campaign finance system in the U.S.?

I will never support any campaign finance reform that would pose a dangerous assault on free speech which is exactly what House Democrats put before this Congress. I opposed H.R. 1 because it would create a system that allows the federal government to dictate what Americans can and can’t say, and funnels taxpayer money into the congressional campaign process.

What would be your approach to federal oversight of policing, crime and racial injustice — major themes in this year’s election?

I stand with our law enforcement and first responders who put their lives on the line for us all. House Democrats pursued partisan legislation that they knew would not be signed into law instead of working across the aisle on common sense reforms that would lead to solutions for the American people. The Justice Act drafted by Sen. Tim Scott which I co-sponsored included key reforms that would support police departments across the country in training, accountability and transparency. The murder of George Floyd sparked constitutionally-protected peaceful protests across the country, but sadly unlawful riots soon took over. Those who exploited the protests, attacked our law enforcement officials, burned our cities, and assaulted innocent civilians then turned to attempting to erase our history. We must have safe and secure communities, and we need to aspire to live up to the values laid out in our founding documents — not tear down our founding fathers. I will always honor the contributions of those who preceded us and I will stand up for our history, for our values, and for the unique greatness of our country.

Years living in Wyoming: 3

Age: na

Lives in: Wind River Reservation / Fremont County

What is or was your occupation, and how has it prepared you to represent Wyoming in the U.S. Senate?

I am the director of the Wind River/Department of Interior Land Buyback Program for Tribal Nations, a $2 billion federal program created so tribal members with broken up land parcels can be fairly compensated for those unusable land parcels. Throughout my life I’ve served in positions that share the same undertones: the need for strong leadership, and working towards a goal that was bigger than those in my office — a goal that served the community and the people in it.

Do you support another federal coronavirus relief package? Yes

New COVID relief legislation must addresses people’s true needs: expanded unemployment assistance, student loan relief, eviction and foreclosure pauses while also assisting landlords whose renters have been affected, protecting our small businesses, and investing in online education infrastructure and programs to keep our students and teachers safe.

Rank the top three most pressing issues facing Wyoming.

1. COVID-19

2. Economy

3. Climate change

What, if anything, should be done to reform the campaign finance system in the U.S.?

Our campaign finance system allows essentially unlimited spending, favors those who have access to large donors, and all but requires candidates spend as much time fundraising as they do talking to voters. We need to move to a system that doesn’t disqualify the working class from seeking office and participating in their government.

What would be your approach to federal oversight of policing, crime and racial injustice — major themes in this year’s election?

I favor a community-oriented policing model, which by its nature requires the community dictate the needs, budget and spending of a law enforcement organization. Communities need the flexibility to address their local concerns. I would support training requirements that center around racial bias, diversity, de-escalation techniques, and a Use of Force model that requires a proportional response to a conflict.

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington has worked for newspapers across the West. She hosts a rescue podcast, The Fine Line. Her family minivan doubles as her not-so-high-tech recording studio.

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