Affie Ellis announces candidacy for Senate District 8

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - Cheyenne Republican Affie Ellis announced today her candidacy for Senate District 8, covering the southeast quadrant of Laramie County, May 20. Ellis, mother of three elementary and pre-school aged children stated today, “I am running to build a better Wyoming for my kids and those families who have made Wyoming their home. The Legislature needs energetic leaders to make that happen.” Ellis and her husband, Dennis, both Wyoming natives, are co-owners of the Cheyenne restaurant, Steamboat’s Smoke & Steakhouse, and a real estate investment company. Ellis also owns and operates Ellis Public Affairs, a consulting company, and teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming. Prior to joining Ellis Public Affairs, she defended Wyoming’s jobs, economy and environment as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wyoming, focusing on natural resource and endangered species issues. “Wyoming and our energy based economy will continue to face many challenges in the coming years, particularly with the ongoing war against coal, and soon, oil and gas. We must have an all-hands-on-deck approach to defending our economy. We need thinkers and problem solvers to address our state’s budget problems -- not political rhetoric.” She grew up in Jackson as the youngest of four children, “my parents moved to Jackson from the Navajo reservation in the 1950s and started my dad’s small business, Jim’s Welding. Everyone in my family has had to have a strong work ethic just to make ends meet. My husband’s family owned Ellis Sheep Company in Casper and they share that same work ethic. There are a lot of families throughout Wyoming who know that struggle and the last thing they need is a government that works against them. Their views need a strong voice in the Legislature.” Ellis has worked on federal Indian law and policy, serving as an advisor to the late U.S. Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY). In 2011, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appointed Ellis to serve as the Senate’s Republican appointee on a national commission charged with developing recommendations to make Native America safer. “I am proud to have served on the Indian Law and Order Commission. We traveled throughout the country and listened to people. By listening to concerns and learning about problems, we were able to develop unanimous bi-partisan support for more than 40 specific recommendations that we submitted to Congress and the President. Throughout this campaign, I will be knocking on doors throughout Senate District 8 to listen and learn.” Ellis is an active volunteer serving on the Wyoming Community Foundation Board of Directors, the University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic Advisory Board, Cheyenne Frontier Days, and is the co-chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Tribal Lands Subcommittee. The Casper Star-Tribune has recognized Ellis as one of Wyoming’s outstanding citizens in its 2011 “20 Under 40” section and the University of Wyoming has recognized her as one its Women of Distinction. She is as graduate of the University of Wyoming and the University of Colorado Law School. #shortgo #news