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Republican House candidate Harriet Hageman speaks to her supporters Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in Cheyenne, Wyo., after defeating Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., in the Republican primary.

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Wyoming’s incumbent Republican Rep. Liz Cheney was beaten on Tuesday after she broke with her party to criticize former President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

She lost the race for Wyoming’s congressional district to Harriet Hageman, an attorney who backed Cheney in his run for the House in 2016.

Although there is no detailed official information on Hageman, here is what we do know:

She is trained as a lawyer

Hageman, a Wyoming native, earned his undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Wyoming.

She began her career as a law clerk for federal appeals judge James Barrett, and later practiced law privately in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska, according to Iowa State University.

Her specialty as a lawyer was natural resources and water litigation. She also represented the federal government in numerous private property cases and eventually opened her own business, according to Wyoming Public Media.

She first ran for public office in 2018

Hageman, whose father Jim Hageman served as Wyoming state representative for more than 20 years, first entered the political sphere when she ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2018.

Hageman said in a statement that she decided to run against Cheney in the House because Cheney “betrayed Wyoming, betrayed the country and she betrayed me.”

Cheney was ostracized by prominent members of the Republican Party for voting to impeach him and then criticizing him for his handling of the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

About 70% of Wyomings voted for Trump, and Cheney’s repudiation of him has become the red line for so many GOP voters who enthusiastically backed her not too long ago.

Trump finally officially endorsed Hageman, a former Republican National Committee member from the state of Wyoming.


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