Former Senator Mike Enzy (R-Wu), who was a one-time chair of one of the Senate committees critical to domestic policy, died Monday following suffering grave injuries in a bicycle accident. He was 77 years old.
Enzy was riding his bike near his home in Gillette, UT, when he was injured Friday and was flown to UCHealth Medical Center in the Rocky Mountains in Loveland, Colorado.
A statement posted on his Twitter account late on Monday said Anzi “died peacefully today among his family.” His family said they plan to share details about the “celebration of the pleasing life” at a later date.
The mild and vulnerable cautious was elected to the United States Senate in 1996 following serving as mayor of Gillette and as a member of the Wyoming state legislature. He decided not to run for a fifth term in 2020.
Enzy’s mild manner earned him respect and friendship as he chaired two committees: Work Pensions, Budget and Health Education.
A somewhat staunch cautious, Enzi had friends across the aisle and during lengthy negotiations in the summer and fall of 2009, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee tried to attract him into supporting what became the Affordable Care Act, a process that ended without the support of the Republican Party. Health Act of 2010, President Barack Obama’s Distinguished Domestic Achievement.
Before the 2014 election, Enzy was thought to be considering retirement rather than trying to secure a fourth term, and without warning, Liz Cheney jumped into the Senate race as the primary contender in a move that wrecked the tight waters of Wyoming. Republican departments.
Instead, the previous vice president’s daughter infuriated Enzy and challenged her forcefully, prompting Cheney to drop out of the race and instead run two years later for the state’s top seat in the House of Representatives.
With Republicans demanding a majority in the mid-term of 2014, Enzi used his seniority to claim the Budget Committee’s hunt for the next six years. His friendly manner was a sharp contrast to his Republican predecessor, Al Simpson, who had a pleasing sense of humor and enjoyed fighting politically charged battles.
A staunch support of the oil and gas industry in his state, he remained popular throughout his term, being re-elected three times with more than 70 percent of the vote.
In remarks in the Senate on Monday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said the senators were praying for Enzy and his family.
“Mike’s classmates on both sides of the aisle were sorry enough to see him leave the room and start the next chapter he deservedly earned just a few months ago,” McConnell said. “Mike and Diana have been a marvelous couple in the Senate in every respect – from the major legislative accomplishments, to the generosity and kindness they have shown to everyone from the Senate staff to the pages.”
Enzi pushed a fiscal planner to balance the budget in 10 years, but his efforts never materialized amid government spending and the 2017 GOP tax cuts.
During his tenure in the Senate, Enzy worked with Senate Democrats, including the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) to reauthorize Head Start beforetime education and college assistance programs.
Senator Cynthia Loomis (R-Wyo), who succeeded Enzy in the Senate in 2021, summoned him to serve with him in the state legislature.
“I forever like to say in Wyoming that I’ve been following him around like a little dog, almost all my life,” Loomis told reporters on Monday. “We have been very dear friends for many decades, and he is the salt of the earth, a distinguished guy.”
Seung Min Kim contributed to this report.