Politics Rep. Liz Cheney Brought to Tears by Standing Ovation in Her Home State of Wyoming Two weeks ahead of the Republican primary, Cheney appeared overcome with emotion at the thought of putting "country ahead of party" in her home stateByAmanda TaheriAmanda TaheriTwitterAmanda Taheri is an editorial intern at PEOPLE. She is a graduate student in NYU's global journalism program.People Editorial GuidelinesPublished on August 2, 2022 03:40 PM Share Tweet Pin Email On Sunday, Rep. Liz Cheney, 56, received a standing ovation at the groundbreaking ceremony for Mineta-Simpson Institute at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center in Powell, Wyoming. The foundation who built the facility "shares the legacy of Heart Mountain, where over 14,000 people of Japanese descent were incarcerated during World War II." The facility was built in honor of politicians Al Simpson and the late Norm Mineta. Liz Cheney Says Jan. 6 Role May Be 'Most Important Thing I Ever Do' as She Prepares to Lead Thursday's Hearing Among the crowd members were Simpson, Mineta's widow, and Cheney's father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, 81, who served under President George W. Bush. As the crowd stood and applauded Cheney, tears came to her eyes. Liz Cheney.Win McNamee/Getty That night she retweeted photos of her teary-eyed in front of the audience. Her caption included a tribute to Norm Mineta and Al Simpson, writing "their lifelong friendship showed what it means to put country ahead of party." Liz Cheney Says Donald Trump Allegedly Tried to Call Unnamed Jan. 6 Witness After June Hearing "There are some things that are above politics," Cheney said in her speech at the event. "The friendship of Norm and Al really represents what this nation can be and what this nation should be and represents to people who have policy disagreements but had a bond that went beyond that." Cheney served as vice chair of the House select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6, 2021, and former President Donald Trump's role. Despite being pushed to the outside of the Republican Party, Cheney told The New York Timesthat her role on the Jan. 6 committee "is the most important thing I've ever done professionally," adding, "and maybe the most important thing I ever do." Rep. Liz Cheney Says She's 'Absolutely Confident' in Cassidy Hutchinson's Credibility amid Scrutiny The Wyoming representative has rarely campaigned in her home state due to security concerns given her vocal investigation into Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Trump won close to 70% of the state's vote in the 2020 election and has endorsed Cheney's opponent, Harriet Hageman. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer. In two weeks, on Aug. 16, Cheney will face Hageman in the Republican primary. Cheney faces an uphill battle, as Republicans in Wyoming voted to strip Cheney of her party affiliation last November. Hageman currently holds a 22-point lead over Cheney, as reported by the Casper Star-Tribune.