Harriet Hageman

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Harriet Hageman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wyoming's at-large district
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
Preceded byLiz Cheney
Personal details
Born
Harriet Maxine Hageman

(1962-10-18) October 18, 1962 (age 61)
Fort Laramie, Wyoming, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseJohn Sundahl
RelativesJames Hageman (father)
EducationUniversity of Wyoming (BS, JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Harriet Maxine Hageman (born October 18, 1962) is an American politician and attorney serving as the U.S. representative for Wyoming's at-large congressional district since 2023. She is a member of the Republican Party.

A Wyoming native, Hageman holds degrees from the University of Wyoming and has spent her career as a trial attorney. She unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination for governor of Wyoming in 2018 and later served as a member of the Republican National Committee. With the endorsement of former president Donald Trump, Hageman later defeated incumbent representative Liz Cheney, a Trump critic and vice chair of the House January 6 Committee, by a landslide in the 2022 Republican primary election, garnering over twice as many votes as Cheney while spending less than a quarter of Cheney's campaign expenditures.

Hageman was sworn into Congress on January 3, 2023. She is running unopposed for re-election in 2024.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Harriet Maxine Hageman was born on a ranch outside of Fort Laramie, Wyoming, near the Nebraska border, on October 18, 1962.[2][3] Her father, James Hageman, served as a longtime member of the Wyoming House of Representatives until his death in 2006.[4] She is a fourth-generation Wyomingite; her great-grandfather[who?] moved to the then-Wyoming Territory from Texas in 1878.[5]

After graduating from Fort Laramie High School, Hageman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Wyoming and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming College of Law.[6][7]

Legal career[edit]

Hageman served as a law clerk for Judge James E. Barrett of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She has since worked as a trial attorney. In 1997, Hageman represented Wyoming in Nebraska v. Wyoming, a dispute over management of the North Platte River.[8][9] In the case, she advocated against the United States Forest Service's roadless rule.[10][11][12] In the 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries, Hageman supported U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and criticized Donald Trump.[13]

Hageman was a candidate in the 2018 Wyoming gubernatorial election, placing third after investment manager Foster Friess and the eventual winner, state Treasurer Mark Gordon. Hageman was the Republican National Committeewoman for Wyoming in 2020 and 2021.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Hageman at AmericaFest in 2022.

Elections[edit]

2022[edit]

On September 9, 2021, Hageman announced her candidacy for Wyoming's at-large congressional district, challenging three-term incumbent Liz Cheney for the Republican nomination in the 2022 election. In her campaign announcement, Hageman claimed that Cheney no longer represented the people of Wyoming due to her opposition to Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Noting that Trump had carried Wyoming by landslide majorities in both of his campaigns, Hageman said that by opposing Trump, Cheney "betrayed Wyoming, she betrayed this country, and she betrayed me".[15][16] She formally launched her campaign at a Cheyenne hotel later that day, saying that Wyoming needed someone in Congress "who represents Wyoming's conservative values" and had "Wyoming's best interests at heart". She also claimed that Cheney's drive to "destroy President Trump" made her ineffective in Washington. Two other primary challengers dropped out and endorsed Hageman.[17] She was quickly endorsed by Trump, who had personally interviewed several prospective primary challengers to Cheney.[18]

Hageman and Cheney had been close political allies for several years. Hageman was an adviser to Cheney's brief 2014 Senate campaign,[19] and introduced Cheney at a rally during Cheney's first congressional bid in 2016.[13] According to Hageman, the relationship cooled when Cheney criticized Trump for not acting on claims that Russia put bounties on American troops in Afghanistan and chilled even further when Cheney called for Trump to acknowledge that he had lost the 2020 election.[20][17] Hageman claimed that when Cheney called her to say that any claims about irregularities in the 2020 election were untrue, "that was probably the end of our relationship". She added that had she known that Cheney would have voted to impeach Trump, she "never would have answered [Cheney's] first phone call" in 2016.[17] Hageman later claimed that Cheney and others had deceived her into opposing Trump but dismissed her previous opposition to Trump as "ancient history".[21] In a statement to The New York Times, she called Trump "the greatest president of my lifetime."[9]

Besides Trump, Hageman was endorsed by many other prominent Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.[22][23][24] She also received campaign support from several Trump administration staffers, including Bill Stepien, Justin R. Clark, and Tim Murtaugh.[25] In January 2022, it was reported that Hageman's campaign had raised $1 million, to Cheney's $4.5 million.[26]

Hageman raced out to a large lead in opinion polling. A University of Wyoming poll taken a week before the election showed Hageman with a 29-point lead over Cheney.[27] She defeated Cheney in the Republican primary in a landslide,[28] winning 66.3% of the vote to Cheney's 28.9%. Hageman carried all but two counties in the state, Cheney's home county of Teton County, and Albany County, home to the University of Wyoming.

In the general election, Hageman faced Democratic nominee and Native American activist Lynnette Grey Bull, who was Cheney's opponent in 2020. Hageman was overwhelmingly favored.[19] Republicans had a nearly 7-to-1 advantage in registration over Democrats,[29] and Trump won the state in 2020 with 70% of the vote, his strongest state-level performance in the nation.

As expected, Hageman won the 2022 election handily, defeating Grey Bull, 67% to 24%. Upon taking office in 2023, she became the fourth consecutive Republican woman to represent Wyoming in the House. Barbara Cubin won the seat in 1994 and handed it to Cynthia Lummis in 2008, who handed it to Cheney in 2016.

Tenure[edit]

In the contested 2023 Speaker of the United States House of Representatives election, though many of Hageman's colleagues in the Freedom Caucus refused to support Kevin McCarthy, Hageman backed him on every ballot.[30]

Committee assignments[edit]

Source:[31]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Hageman calls herself an unyielding conservative. During her gubernatorial campaign, she claimed that government was too pervasive in American lives, to the point that it was replacing "community, the organizations you belong to, and family support."[5] Along similar lines, during her congressional campaign, she highlighted her past work in "defending our great state against the excess of government".[16] She argued that as part of her plan to "protect Wyoming", her priorities would be "energy independence, regulatory reform, restor[ing] power to the states, protection of our southern border and enforcement of our immigration laws." She added that while in Congress, she would "focus on what is in the best interest of the United States, and, specifically, what is in the best interest of Wyoming."[17] She believes the framers of the Constitution intended for "the Legislative Branch—and only the Legislative Branch" to make law.[32]

Hageman is a vocal supporter of the fossil fuel industry, saying at an August 2022 campaign event that coal is an "affordable, clean, acceptable resource that we all should be using".[33]

Syria[edit]

In 2023, Hageman was among 47 Republicans to vote in favor of H. Congressional Resolution 21, which directed President Joe Biden to remove U.S. troops from Syria within 180 days.[34][35]

Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023[edit]

Hageman was among the 71 Republicans who voted against final passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 in the House.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Hageman is married to Cheyenne-based malpractice attorney John Sundahl.[37] She is Protestant.[38]

Electoral history[edit]

2018 Wyoming gubernatorial election - Republican primary[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Gordon 38,951 33.0
Republican Foster Friess 29,842 25.3
Republican Harriet Hageman 25,052 21.2
Republican Sam Galeotos 14,554 12.3
Republican Taylor Haynes 6,511 5.5
Republican Bill Dahlin 1,763 1.5
n/a Under votes 1,269 1.1
Republican Write-ins 113 0.0
n/a Over votes 46 0.0
Total votes 118,101 100.0
2022 United States House of Representatives election in Wyoming - Republican primary [40]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Harriet Hageman 113,025 66.3
Republican Liz Cheney (incumbent) 49,316 28.9
Republican Anthony Bouchard 4,505 2.6
Republican Denton Knapp 2,258 1.3
Republican Robyn Belinskey 1,305 0.8
Total votes 170,409 100.0
2022 United States House of Representatives election in Wyoming - General election [41]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Harriet Hageman 132,206 66.7
Democratic Lynnette Grey Bull 47,250 23.8
Libertarian Richard Brubaker 5,420 2.7
n/a Write-Ins 4,521 2.3
Constitution Marissa Selvig 4,505 2.3
n/a Under votes 3,660 1.8
n/a Over votes 636 0.3
Total votes 198,198 100.0

References[edit]

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from Wyoming's at-large congressional district

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