It’s a dark day in politics as GOP members mourn and share condolences for retired Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi, who tragically passed away Monday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Friday in his town of Gillette, WY.
Enzi, who served four terms as a senator, passed away peacefully surrounded by family accoridng to the Wyoming-native’s offical Twitter.
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The full statement, as reported by the New York Post “Former Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family,” the statement read. “His family expresses their deep appreciation for all of the prayers, support and concern. They now ask for privacy and continued prayers during this difficult time.”
Enzi had been involved in politics since the 70’s, when in 1974, he was elected as the Mayor of the city of Gillette, the same town in which he had his unfortunate crash. He would later work for the Department of The Interior, as well both the Wyoming House of Representatives and the Wyoming Senate through the 80’s and 90’s.
In 1996, he was elected to the U.S. Senate where he was consistently ranked as one of the Senate’s most conservative members.
Among Enzi’s policies was a hard line view on illegal immigration where he took the apparently unforgivable view that illegal immigration should be treated as illegal. He was highly ranked among anti-illegal immigration groups for his consistent stance on this issue, on which, in the pre-Trump era, he supported the construction of a fence along the United States-Mexico border.
Additionally, Enzi was one of the vaunted “Gang of Six”, a group of guess-how-many Senators; 3 Republicans and 3 Democrats that were charged with working on a bipartisan solution on the issue of healthcare reform in 2009.
The culmination of that effort, “America’s Healthy Future Act”, ended up reducing the federal deficit by $81 billion dollars between 2010 and 2019.