State senator announces bid for Wyoming's US House seat

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) A Republican state senator from Alta says he's running for Wyoming's sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sen. Leland Christensen announced his candidacy on Monday. The two-term lawmaker said federal regulations and the recent suspension of coal sales on U.S. government lands are hurting the state's economy.

Christensen serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He served almost two decades in the U.S. Army and National Guard, and later in the Teton County and Lincoln County sheriffs' offices.

Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis announced in November that she won't seek a fifth term.

Republicans state Rep. Tim Stubson, R-Casper, Casper pizzeria owner Charlie Tyrrel, state corrections officer Jason Senteney and veterinarian Rex Rammell have also announced bids for the seat.

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