Enzi announced plan to retire at the end of his term

U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, who first entered public office as Gillette's mayor in 1970, speaks at Gillette's City Hall on May 4, where he announced he will retire from office when his term ends in 2020. Enzi has served in public office for 42 years. GILLETTE NEWS RECORD/Rhianna Gelhart

GILLETTE — U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., announced last Saturday, May 4, at a news conference in his hometown of Gillette that he doesn’t plan to run for reelection in 2020.

“So far, I have served in the US Senate for more than 22 years,” Enzi said. ”Diana and I have been in Wyoming most weekends often traveling 500 miles by car each weekend. That means I’ve worked in Washington four days a week and Wyoming three days a week which uses up all of the week. When we have a recess, which I call a “work period,” Diana and I usually travel around Wyoming some 1,500 miles by car. We are on planes 8-to-14 hours a week. We live out of a suitcase on both ends. I’m not complaining. I chose the job and have always worked at a job and was taught to do a job so well that I would be proud to put my name on it. In two more years Diana and I will have done that for 24 years for you. That’s a longer elected Senate service than anyone in Wyoming history.

“During my life I’ve followed my mom’s advice, my core values: Do what’s right. Do your best. Treat others as they want to be treated. I can’t do the kind of job Diana and I have been doing for another six-year term. I was able to see my kids grow up before I went in the Senate. Now I want some grandkid time. I will continue to be the ‘Workhorse for Wyoming’ that you expect me to be through this term. My deepest thanks and appreciation to the people of Wyoming for the honor and privilege you have given to represent you in so many different ways.

“I have much to get done in the next year and a half. I want to be able to focus on budget reform to get control of our national debt; Several small business initiatives; Protecting and diversifying Wyoming’s Jobs. I don’t want to be burdened with the distractions of a campaign. After this term I will find other ways to serve.”


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