(Wyo)-Wyo U-S Senator Mike Enzi Won't Run For 5th Term
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi says he will not run for a fifth term next year. The 75-year old broke the news Saturday in his hometown of Gillette, where he owned a shoe store and said he "never intended to get into politics."
Enzi said he was making the announcement now because he has much to get done in the next year and a half and wants to focus on budget reform and not be "burdened by the distractions of another campaign," adding that after this year he'll find other ways to serve.
Enzi's political career began with his election as mayor of Gillette in 1974 and culminated with his election to the first of 4 terms in the Senate in 1996. He went on to earn a reputation in the Senate of being low-key and willing to work across party lines to produce results.
President Donald Trump sent out a tweet Saturday night praising Enzi, tweeting: "Mike has been a fantastic Senator!"
Enzi's announcement costs Republicans a loyal conservative senator but likely not the seat, given the GOP's overwhelming advantage in voter registration in Wyoming.
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