Michael B. Enzi

Michael B. Enzi REPRepublican

American politician

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Michael B. EnziREPRepublican American politician
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Age at Death1944-2021
40
Years of Experience
WYResidence (state)

Michael Bradley Enzi (EN-zee; February 1, 1944 – July 26, 2021) was an American politician who served in the United States Senate from Wyoming as a member of the Republican Party from 1997 to 2021. Prior to his tenure in the United States Senate he served as mayor of Gillette, Wyoming, in the Wyoming House of Representatives from Campbell County, and the Wyoming Senate from the 24th district. He was the longest-serving senator from Wyoming since Francis E. Warren. Enzi was born in Bremerton, Washington, raised in Thermopolis, Wyoming, and educated at Sheridan High School, George Washington University, and the University of Denver. He served in the Air National Guard, and held positions in the American Legion Boys State, DeMolay International, and United States Junior Chamber. He entered politics with his election as mayor of Gillette after being convinced by Alan Simpson to run and defeating incumbent Mayor Cliff Davis. He was elected to the state house in the 1986 election and served until his appointment to the state senate in 1991. Enzi was elected to the United States Senate in the 1996 election after defeating future senator John Barrasso in the Republican primary and Secretary of State Kathy Karpan in the general election. During his tenure in the Senate he served as chair of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Budget committees. He served in the Senate until Cynthia Lummis succeeded him in the 2020 election after his retirement.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
University of Denver
MBA Retail Marketing
1968
George Washington University
BA Accounting
1966
Past Positions1 - 12 of 12
Senator
United States Senate, Wyoming
1997 - 2021
Senator
Wyoming State Senate
1991 - 1996
Representative
Wyoming State House of Representatives
1987 - 1990
Mayor
City of Gillette
1974 - 1982
Accountant Manager
Dunbar Well Service
1985 - 1997
Computer Programmer
Dunbar Well Service
1985 - 1997
Director
Black Hills Corporation
1992 - 1996
Chair
First Wyoming Bank of Gillette
1978 - 1988
Member
Founding Board of Directors, First Wyoming Bank of Gillette
1978 - 1988
Served
Wyoming Air National Guard
1967 - 1973
Owner
NZ Shoes Incorporated
1965 - Current
Spokesperson
Wybett
Other Experience1 - 44 of 44
Commissioner
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
1995 - 1996
Member
Education Commission of the States
1989 - 1993
President
Wyoming Association of Municipalities
1980 - 1982
Member
Department of Interior Coal Advisory Committee
1976 - 1979
President
Wyoming Jaycees
1973 - 1974
Eagle Scout
Boy Scouts of America
Sunday School Teacher
Presbyterian Church
Congressional Representative
United Nations General Assembly
Elder
Presbyterian Church
Member
Shriners
Member
Executive Committee of the Republican Steering Committee
Member
State Republican Precinct Committee
Member
Freemasons
Member
Lion's Club
Member
Creative Communications Council
Co-Chair
Missile States Coalition
Founder
United States-Russia Legislative Working Group on Nonproliferation
Chair
Senate Rural Education Caucus
Co-Chair
Senate Cultural Caucus
Co-Founder
Senate Cuba Working Group
Co-Founder
Air Force Caucus
Former Chair
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security, United States Senate
Former Chair
Budget Committee, United States Senate
Former Co-Chair
Congressional Sportmen's Caucus
Former Member
Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, United States Senate
Former Member
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, United States Senate
Former Member
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Joint Committee on Taxation, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Health Care, United States Senate
Former Member
Finance Committee, United States Senate
Member
C-130 Modernization Caucus
Member
United States Congressional Internet Caucus
Member
Sugar Caucus
Member
Farmer Cooperative Caucus
Member
4-H Caucus
Member
Senate High Tech Task Force
Member
Senate Republican Capital Markets Task Force
Member
National Guard Caucus
Member
Border Security and Enforcement First Caucus
Member
Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus