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Mike Enzi
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U.S. Senate, Wyoming
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 18
PredecessorAlan K. Simpson (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next general November 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wyoming State Senate
Wyoming House of Representatives
Mayor of Gillette, WY
High schoolSheridan High School
Bachelor'sGeorge Washington University
Master'sDenver University
Military service
Service/branchNational Guard
Years of service1967-1973
Date of birthFebruary 1, 1944
Place of birthBremerton, WA
Net worth$928,531
Office website
Michael B. "Mike" Enzi (b. February 1, 1944) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Wyoming. Enzi was first elected to the Senate in 1996.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Enzi is a "far-right Republican leader".[1]


After earning his bachelor's in accounting from George Washington University and his M.B.A. from Denver University, Enzi operated family-owned shoe stores in Wyoming and Montana. He also served for six years in the National Guard.[2]


Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Enzi serves on the following Senate committees[3]:


Enzi was a member of the following Senate committees[4]:


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mike Enzi endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Enzi voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[7][8][9]

According to the website Breitbart, Enzi was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[10][11]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[12]



On November 4, 2008, Enzi won re-election to the U.S. Senate, defeating Chris Rothfuss (D).[13]

United States Senate General Election, Wyoming, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Enzi Incumbent 75.7% 189,046
     Democratic Chris Rothfuss 24.3% 60,631
Total Votes 249,677

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Enzi is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Enzi raised a total of $3,808,218 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[14]

Mike Enzi's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. Senate (Wyoming) Won $2,368,893
2002 U.S. Senate (Wyoming) Won $1,439,325
Grand Total Raised $3,808,218
Breakdown of the source of Enzi's campaign funds before the 2008 election.

Enzi won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Enzi's campaign committee raised a total of $2,368,893 and spent $2,131,634.[15]


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Enzi missed 120 of 5,170 roll call votes from January 1997 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.3%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[16]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Enzi paid his congressional staff a total of $2,157,969 in 2011. He ranks 14th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 18th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Wyoming ranks 49th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[17]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Enzi's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $322,062 and $1,535,000. That averages to $928,531, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth decreased by 19.89% from 2010.[18]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Enzi's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $440,067 and $1,878,000. That averages to $1,159,033.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[19]

National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Enzi ranked 8th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[20]


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Enzi ranked 4th in the conservative rankings.[21]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Enzi voted with the Republican Party 96.5% of the time, which ranked 1 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.[22]

Recent news

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Enzi is married to Diana Buckley Enzi and has three children and four grandchildren.[23]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Michael Enzi," Accessed March 3, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Michael B. Enzi," Accessed October 19, 2011
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  4. Mike Enzi Official Senate site "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 19, 2011
  5., "Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso Endorse Mitt Romney," April 14, 2012
  6. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  8. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  9. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  10. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  11. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  12. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Elections of November 4, 2008," Accessed October 19, 2011
  14. Open Secrets "Donor history for Mike Enzi" Accessed April 25, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Mike Enzi 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 26, 2011
  16. GovTrack, "Enzi," Accessed April 11, 2013
  17. LegiStorm "Mike Enzi"
  18., "Enzi, (R-Wyoming), 2011"
  19., "Enzi, (R-WY), 2010"
  20. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  21. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  23. Mike Enzi Official Senate site "About Mike," Accessed October 19, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Alan K. Simpson
U.S. Senate - Wyoming
Succeeded by