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Retired Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi Dies After Bicycle Accident

Mike Enzi in 2018
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Mike Enzi in 2018

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Retired Senator Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican known as a consensus-builder in an increasingly polarized Washington D.C., has died. He was 77.

Enzi had been hospitalized with a broken neck and ribs after a bicycle accident near Gillette on Friday. Enzi was stabilized before being flown to a hospital in Colorado.

Former Enzi spokesman Max D’Onofrio says Enzi died peacefully Monday surrounded by family and friends.

Police say they've seen no indication anybody else was nearby or involved in the accident. Enzi retired from the Senate in January.

Enzi’s colleagues took to social media and to the Senate floor to fondly remember their friend.

US Senator Jon Tester said on Twitter “Every time I met Mike Enzi in the halls of the Senate, he greeted me with a ‘Hi, neighbor.’ Mike was a good man who served the people of Wyoming well. Rest in peace, neighbor.”

US Senator Steve Daines post on Twitter “This is heartbreaking news. Senator Mike Enzi was a friend, a dedicated public servant and a man that I admired greatly. Cindy and I are thinking of Mike’s family, friends and all of Wyoming during this tough time.”

Enzi is survived by his wife, three children and several grandchildren.

Kay Erickson has been working in broadcasting in Billings for more than 20 years. She spent well over a decade as news assignment editor at KTVQ-TV before joining the staff at YPR. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a degree in broadcast journalism. Shortly after graduation she worked in Great Falls where she was one of the first female sports anchor and reporter in Montana.
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