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Former US Senator. Remember Mike Enzy as a statesman and a family man

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Gillette, Wu. (AFP) – Former US Senator. Mike Enzy was remembered on Friday as an honorable statesman and family man who focused on leadership, tradition, and faith.

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The Republican from Wyoming died July 26 following being hospitalized with a broken neck and ribs for three days following a bicycle accident near Gillette. He was 77 years old.

Friends, family, voters and colleagues gathered at a college sports center in Gillette for Enzy’s funeral, and a queue extended to get in through the door prior the service began.

Son Enzy remembered how his father was so devoted to his family that he got exceptional permission to leave the Senate between votes so he could fly to Wyoming to grip one of his newborn granddaughters, if only for a few hours.

“I got on a plane, flew all night, flew from Denver to Cheyenne, got to the hospital with exceptional permission, held[Allison]for a few hours, got in a car and drove back to Denver and back to Denver for the next vote,” Brad Enzy said.

“The thing I know, I know, I know, I know in my heart, the thing I cherish most is family,” he said.

Addressing his mother, who has been married to Mike Enzy for 52 years, Younger Enzy said, “I have never seen a man more loving, elated and more caring. … You only need to look at the pictures where he looks at you and not at the camera to remember his love for you.”

Gillette News-Record reported that the entire Wyoming congressional delegation attended the service, as did several of Enzy’s previous Senate colleagues, including minority leader Mitch McConnell.

Enzi’s political career began at the age of 30 when he was elected a pioneer in Gillette, a city at the heart of Wyoming’s then booming coal-mining industry. He was elected to Wyoming House in 1986 and to the state Senate in 1991.

The previous shoe salesman was first elected to the US Senate in 1996 and emphasized compromise over exaggeration and confrontation to pass bills. His “80-20 rule” called on his colleagues to focus on 80% of the issue where lawmakers tend to agree to the 20% and ignore them where they haven’t.

Wyoming voters re-elected Inze by wide margins three times prior announcing in 2019 that he would not run for a fifth term. He was succeeded in the Senate in 2021 by Republican Cynthia Loomis, a previous congresswoman and treasurer of state.

Enzy crashed his bike near his home on July 23, and Gillette police say there is no indication that anyone else was nearby or involved in the accident. He stabilized prior being flown to a hospital in Colorado.

Enzy is survived by his wife, Diana Buckley. Two daughters, a son and many grandchildren.


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