CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has ordered that both United States and Wyoming flags should be returned to full staff on Saturday, August 7 following the interment of deceased former Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi.
Funeral services for Enzi are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, August 6 at Gillette College’s Pronghorn Center, according to the governor’s office.
Enzi, who retired from the U.S. Senate earlier this year, died on Monday, July 26 after a serious cycling accident near his home in Gillette on the evening of Friday, July 23. He was 77.
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Enzi left office in January of this year after announcing in 2019 he would not run for reelection. Sen. Cynthia Lummis was elected in his place.
“At the start of the 116th Congress, Enzi was Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on the Budget and a member of the committees on Finance, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs,” according to Ballotpedia.
Enzi opened up a shoe store in Gillette called NZ Shoes in 1969, which later expanded into Sheridan Miles City, Montana, according to a story published by the Gillette News Record in 2019.
Enzi’s political career started in 1975 when he ran for mayor of Gillette. After that, he went on to serve in the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1987 through 1991, in the Wyoming Senate from 1991 through 1996, and as a U.S. Senator from 1997 through 2021.
Enzi’s successor in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Cynthia Lummis, retweeted photos of Enzi on Monday before his death and asked for “prayers for my friend.”
Sen. John Barrasso also sent messages by social media for Enzi on Monday: “Please join Bobbi and me in praying for our dear friend Mike Enzi, his wife Diana, and their entire family,” he said.
During his farewell speech on the Senate floor in January, he became emotional while thanking his wife of 52 years, Diana.
“You’ve supported me more than anyone can truly comprehend” he said, “and under no uncertain terms, I couldn’t have done it without you.”
“It’s been more than 50 amazing years together,” he continued, “and I look forward to our next adventure.”
Enzi is survived by his wife; two daughters, Amy and Emily; a son, Brad; and several grandchildren, according to the Associated Press.