Local politicians share stories from Mike Enzi, governor orders all staff to return flags on August 7 after burial
(Statewide) – Governor Mark Gordon has ordered that the flags of the United States and the State of Wyoming be returned to all staff on Saturday, August 7, 2021 following the burial of retired United States Senator Mike Enzi.
Enzi touched the lives of many Wyomingites, including local political office holders in Fremont County.
“It was a loss for Wyoming to lose such a great Wyoming State Ambassador as Senator Mike Enzi. Senator Enzi was truly a problem solver who not only benefited Wyoming, but our nation, ”said Shoshoni Mayor Joel Highsmith.
“Senator Enzi began his political career as mayor at Gillette in 1974 and continued his public service until his death in one form or another. I had the pleasure of seeing Senator Enzi on July 15 in Cheyenne at the Summer Meeting of Our Municipalities (WAM) where he was the keynote speaker. He was asked to speak to meeting attendees and encouraged those attending to consider stepping into a statewide office like he did, ”Highsmith continued.
“Being involved in local issues is a good place to start. His dedication to serving the public and doing what was right at all levels of government has led to his success. He never forgot where he came from. Speaking at the WAM reunion was another way he gave the state of Wyoming. This great man will be truly missed.
Riverton Mayor Richard Gard also echoed Highsmith’s appreciation for Enzi’s attendance at the Wyoming Association of Municipalities (WAM) meeting, adding: “I was able to visit the office of ‘Enzi in Washington. He was an Eagle Scout like me, which I appreciated. He was a good statesman and he will be missed.
Fremont County Commissioner Chairman Travis Becker said that while he didn’t have a lot of experience working directly with Enzi, he was still open to discussion.
“Enzi has always been a pleasant person to talk to, personal and accessible. No matter which political side you were on, everyone knew he had done a lot for the people of Wyoming, ”Becker said.
Dubois Mayor John Meyer also added: “I only recently met and briefly greeted the Senator at the WAM conference in Cheyenne, but I am saddened to learn that he has passed away and I send my condolences to his family. “
Services for Senator Enzi will take place on Friday, August 6 at 1 p.m. at the Pronghorn Center at Gillette College in Gillette.