CASPER, Wyo — Donna Rice, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, said one of the changes she’s like to see in Congress was “a shift back toward statesmanship and away from identity politics.” The estate lawyer told Oil City News in an email that she’s seen the “lure of power and the loud voices of special interests” pulling the country away from founding principles.
“The American system of governing, as conceived by our founding fathers, was a brilliant leap forward in human government,” she said, adding, “The federal government was designed to be small and take care of national needs like defense… I want to see our U.S. Senate maintain a solid Republican majority with Senators who can be counted on to vote in ways representing traditional Republican values.”
One of the ways she would ensure that from the Senate is through Judicial branch nominations.
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“I believe very strongly that judicial nominations play a long-term role in, and have significant impact on, every state,” Rice said. “As activist judges have taken more and more to making law rather than interpreting it, the Senate’s confirmation of conservative judges is crucial to our future as a nation.”
Rice said her 25 years of experience practicing law and managing a private law firm (Rice & Rice in Indiana) have made her an independent thinker able to identify solutions to core issues.
One of those core issues, she said, would be to supporting legacy industries in Wyoming and incentivizing new ones.
“Passing good legislation, or stopping bad legislation, related to our coal, oil, gas, and mineral industries is critical to Wyoming interests. We have always been an energy driven economy. Looking for ways to improve that industry’s opportunities and profitability in Wyoming are critical.” Rice said, adding, “I am looking for ways to roll back regulation to reasonable levels, reduce Federal government where possible, and create tax incentives for new small business and manufacturing in the United States.”
She also said she’d use the skills and talents of Wyoming’s workforce and find ways “to bring manufacturing of essential goods home.”
Rice said Wyoming’s current delegation votes in a solid conservative manner, but the general gridlock of getting work done in Congress is one of her biggest concerns.
Rice graduated from University of Denver and the Sturm College of Law and has run an estate planning firm in Indiana since the early 1990’s. She said she’d worked five years for the State of Wyoming Employment Security Commission, including at the state office in Casper, and Job Service Offices in both Laramie and Cheyenne. She said she became fascinated by the law-making process working as a young woman as support staff in the Wyoming State Legislature.
“I’ve also worked in Washington, D.C. for a few months and had the opportunity to attend policy meetings and discussions on Capitol Hill,” she said. “I am used to solving problems, managing people and resources, and creating a successful business environment.”
She said she and her husband have started, or been a part of, other small business endeavors. She also said her extensive experience traveling has grown her appreciation of the American system.
“Because I do love our founding principles, I’ve chosen this time in my life to run for Senate in order to do my part to help preserve our freedoms and restore our government to its original parameters.”