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Former GOP Senator Mike Enzi Dies From Bicycle Accident Injuries

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Long-time Wyoming senator Mike Enzi passed away on Monday after suffering from injuries in a bicycle accident. The veteran Republican was admitted to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado after the accident and remained unconscious until he could no longer recover from the broken neck, ribs and other injuries.

Born on the 1st of February, 1944 in Bremerton, Washington, Enzi learned the virtue of leadership at a very young age. He was a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America’s  Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and would even serve in the Wyoming Air National Guard, right after he received his accounting degree at George Washington University.

Enzi never dreamed of becoming a politician earlier in life, however, at the age of 30, he would eventually get elected mayor of Gillette, serving two terms from 1974 to 1982. As a member of the Republican Party, he was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives and was a member of the Wyoming Senate.

“It might shock those who don’t know me, but I never intended to get into politics! While I always had great respect for those who serve in public office, it wasn’t my calling when I left college,” Enzi recounted in his farewell speech that he delivered on the senate floor back in December 2020.

“Nearly 5 decades later, having served as a Mayor, State House Representative, State Senator, and U.S. Senator, I still find myself motivated by the urge to help my community and my country. I also find myself still pushing those same three ideas I did when I first ran for Mayor – budgets, agendas and planning. I keep finding myself wanting to help to solve problems. Once you embrace that responsibility it is hard to ever ignore it again,” Enzi elaborated.

During his tenure in government, Enzi avoided politicizing and focused on coming up with solutions that would improve the lives of his constituents. The no nonsense former senator was practical in his approach, while keeping his conservative values intact. He will always be remembered as a tireless leader who continuously kept his eye on the nation’s troubles and seeked ways to solve them/

“As we move forward, our country has no shortage of problems we need to address. Some are out of our control, but many are of our own making. If my experience over the years has taught me anything, it is that we will never be able to tackle these challenges unless we find common areas of agreement first and work to solve those problems together,” Enzi said in his final senate speech.

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