Former Senator Passes Away After Accident

Former Senator Passes Away After Accident

( – One of the Senate’s greatest peacemakers has died after a cycling accident. The former Republican was well known as a tireless advocate of bipartisanship – a quality that’s increasingly rare in our disintegrating legislature.

At 77-years-old, retired Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi died from injuries sustained when he fell off his bike on July 26. Around 8:30 p.m., Enzi was found lying unconscious in the road with a broken neck and three fractured ribs. He never regained consciousness after the accident.

Enzi began his political career in the early 1970s when he was elected mayor of Gillette, WY – a post he held until 1983. In 1987, he successfully ran for the Wyoming House and moved up to the Wyoming Senate in 1991. After a full term as a state senator, he was elected to the US Senate in November 1996.

Throughout his 24-year Senate career Enzi always focused on helping the country by getting good laws passed. He had no time for partisan grandstanding and constantly urged colleagues to focus on the 80% they agreed on and ignore the 20% that created division. In his farewell address last year, he reminded senators, “Nothing gets done when we’re just telling each other how wrong we are.”

Enzi retired from the United States Senate on January 3, 2021. Since then, partisanship has been running wild, and nothing is getting done. Sadly, he’ll be missed.

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