Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis has ruled out running next year for governor of Wyoming.
Lummis had been considered a frontrunner for the job if she decided to seek it. S
he also is the former Wyoming State Treasurer and a former state legislator
She said she gave long consideration to running for governor but ultimately decided that she wanted more personal time and freedom from politics.
However, Lummis, 63, said she still might seek elected office again after 2018.
Lummis served four terms in the U.S. House, succedding seven-term U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin, who retired.
The Cheyenne Republican was a member of the U.S. House "Freedom Caucus" while in Washington.
Gov. Matt Mead can't seek re-election as governor because he is limited to two terms.
State Treasurer Ed Murray, visiting Fremont County this week, said he was considering a run for governor as well but had not decided. He is considered a likely candidate.
Speculation also centers on State Treasurer Mark Gordon.
Democrat state legislator Mary Throne has announced her intention to seek her party's nomination