A fourth-generation Wyomingite, Liz grew up with the values that have long distinguished our state – the importance of family and faith, a commitment to honesty and plain-dealing, a love of freedom and a respect for the rights enshrined in our Constitution, the understanding that one generation has obligations to the next and that we are blessed beyond measure to be Americans.
Liz’s family, the Lybyers, first settled in Wyoming in 1907 at Lysite. Both sets of grandparents had moved to Casper by 1955. In Casper, Liz attended Park Elementary School and Dean Morgan Junior High. When she was 11, she first campaigned across Wyoming with her family, learning invaluable lessons in how democracy should work – person to person, earning one vote at a time.
Liz’s dad was elected to represent the people of Wyoming in Congress in 1978, and the family began splitting its time between Washington, DC and their home in Wyoming. Liz earned her bachelor’s degree at Colorado College and her law degree at the University of Chicago.
In a number of executive positions, Liz has worked to strengthen the national security of the United States. As Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs in the George W. Bush administration, she was the second-ranking official in the state department bureau responsible for U.S. policy in the Middle East. Prior to her service in the state department, Liz practiced law and held positions in President George H.W. Bush’s administration.
After President Obama took office and the dangerous direction of his administration became clear, Liz founded Keep America Safe, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the United States secure from terrorist threats. A strong conservative voice, she appears frequently on television drawing attention to the threats to liberty posed by the Obama administration, from its use of the IRS to target political opponents to its effort to limit our second amendment rights. As a Fox News Contributor, Liz appeared numerous times as a guest-host for Sean Hannity and spoke out on a number of topics, including the intrusive practices of the Environmental Protection Agency, which recently released private information about thousands of ranchers and farmers.
As Liz has traveled Wyoming, visiting with people about their concerns, she has emphasized the importance of reversing the Obama administration’s policies and getting our nation back on track. At a recent energy conference in Gillette, she noted that Wyoming will likely suffer more than any other state if we don’t fight back against President Obama’s war on coal. Speaking to small business owners in Casper, she urged the repeal of Obamacare and its massive tax burden on the private sector. Speaking to the Chamber of Commerce in Cheyenne, she urged that we reverse Obama’s dangerous cuts in defense spending, which are weakening our national security and threaten the loss of jobs at important bases like Frances E. Warren AFB.
Liz is a member of the International Board of Advisors of the University of Wyoming. She also served on the board of Rivers of Recovery, an organization started in Wyoming to provide rehabilitation for military veterans through fly-fishing. In 2011, she co-authored her father’s memoir, In My Time.
Liz is married to Philip J. Perry and they have five children, Kate, a sophomore in college and Elizabeth, Grace, Philip and Richard, who are students in Wyoming public schools. She and her family live in Wilson, Wyoming.