U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi will retire in 2020. He will be missed.
Never one to showboat in front of news cameras, Enzi worked across party lines to make life better for the people of Wyoming and the people of the United States.
Once asked about the partisan bickering and stalemates over controversial issues, Enzi said that actually Congress accomplishes a great deal. But it is only the controversial issues that get news coverage.
Having served as mayor of Gillette and 10 years in the Wyoming Legislature before getting elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, Enzi has grassroots experience at all levels of government.
Among the accomplishments Enzi says he is proudest of are a bill that preserved property rights for Wyoming people who had coal-bed methane on their land. At the time the federal government claimed methane was part of coal and wanted the royalties.
He also secured abandoned mine money for Wyoming, improved mine safety, helped fix No Child Left Behind and helped pass the Tax Cut and Jobs Act in 2017.
Over the next year and a half, Enzi plans to continue working across party lines to help improve the national debt crisis and make life better and more prosperous for the people of Wyoming.
For years and years the U.S. Senate had been an honorable institution following rules and traditions. Those traditions seem to be lessening today.
Enzi served his country and the voters who elected him as one of those traditional senators.
Wyoming and the U.S. need more senators like Enzi, a man that gets things accomplished across party lines rather than parading in front of cameras.