An unexpected Republican seat will be up for grabs in the Senate come 2020.
Sen. Mike Enzi (WY) announced on Saturday that he will not be seeking re-election at the end of his current term.
Work To Do
Enzi has been a fixture in Washington for more than two decades. But now, the 75-year-old senator from Wyoming is calling it quits.
Sen. Enzi currently serves as the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, so whoever takes his place will have some rather large shoes to fill.
Still, even though he is retiring, Enzi does not plan on lessening his workload in the coming months.
“I have much to get done in the next year and a half,” he said. “I want to be able to focus on budget reform to get control of our national debt.”
He also said he doesn’t “want to be burdened with the distractions of a campaign” while he completes this important work.
And while he does plan on retiring from the Senate, Enzi does not quite appear to be done with public service. The congressman has said that he will find other ways to serve once he leaves the Senate.
Sen. Enzi has been a stalwart for the GOP since his first election to office in 1996.
In a day and age when most politicians fail to get their bills out of their own chamber, Enzi likes to brag that most of his legislation sees very little resistance.
“Most of my bills have 15 or less votes in opposition, which is considered very bipartisan,” he said.
That is how Washington is supposed to work. You hold true to your ideology, but continue to work to put together a bill that everyone can support.
This is the complete opposite of what we are seeing today, as Democrats waste their time and our money presenting “message” legislation. And it looks like Enzi has had enough of it.
But while he will no longer be a regular face on Capitol Hill, Enzi will be remembered as truly one of the great ones. The entire Republican Party, including President Donald Trump, will be sad to see him go.