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U.S. Senate Declares July 22 the National Day of the American Cowboy

The United States Senate has declared July 22, 2023 as the National Day of the American Cowboy, in honor of the hardworking men and women that established the American West.

The bipartisan resolution was introduced by U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis, both R-Wyo., to their colleagues with the resolution passing the U.S. Senate unanimously.

The National Day of the American Cowboy traditionally coincides each year with Cheyenne Frontier Days, thanks to former U.S. Senator Craig Thomas, who began the tradition in 2005. The resolution honors the culture, traditions and values, and the way of life that are still alive and well in the American Cowboy today.

“In Wyoming, we commit to following the Cowboy Code: living a life of honesty, hard work, and integrity. The American Cowboy is a time-honored embodiment of our way of life,” said Senator Barrasso.

“Washington could benefit from following the cowboy’s commitment to the values treasured most by the people of Wyoming. I look forward to celebrating our cowboys and cowgirls with the rest of the Cowboy State on this special day,” continued Senator Barrasso.

“The values of hard work, integrity and honoring your word were established by the cowboys settling Wyoming,” said Senator Lummis.

Senator Lummis alos said, “Cowboys have a legendary history and thriving culture today thanks to the modern ranchers, ropers and riders who saddle up each day and carry on the tradition. The people of the Cowboy State have long celebrated the important contributions of the men and women of the west and I welcome the rest of the country to join us in honoring the cowboy spirit.”

Other co-sponsors of the resolution include U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Kennedy (R-La.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.).

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