|U.S. Senate, Wyoming|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||17|
|Predecessor||Alan K. Simpson (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2008|
|First elected||November 5, 1996|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Wyoming State Senate|
|Wyoming House of Representatives|
|Mayor of Gillette, WY|
|High school||Sheridan High School|
|Bachelor's||George Washington University|
|Years of service||1967-1973|
|Birthday||February 1, 1944|
|Place of birth||Bremerton, WA|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
- 1996-present: U.S. senator from Wyoming
- 1991-1996: Wyoming State Senate
- 1987-1991: Wyoming House of Representatives
- 1975-1982: Mayor of Gillette, WY
Enzi serves on the following Senate committees:
- Budget Committee
- Finance Committee
- The Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
- The Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight Ranking Members
- The Subcommittee on Healthcare
- Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
- Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia
- Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce
- Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight
- Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
- Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee
- Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging
- Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
- Subcommittee on Children and Families (Ranking Member)
Enzi was a member of the following Senate committees:
- Budget Committee
- Finance Committee
- Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Ranking Member
- Subcommittee on Children and Families Ex Officio Member
- Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Ex Officio Member
- Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging Ex Officio Member
- Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
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.
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.
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."
To view the full congressional electoral history for Mike Enzi, click [show] to expand the section.
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.
|Mike Enzi's Campaign Contribution History|
|2008||U.S. Senate (Wyoming)||$2,368,893|
|2002||U.S. Senate (Wyoming)||$1,439,325|
|Grand Total Raised||$3,808,218|
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.
|U.S. Senate, Wyoming, 2008 - Mike Enzi Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$32,326|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$27,258|
|Top contributors to Mike Enzi's campaign committee|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$17,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$153,100|
|Oil & Gas||$123,300|
Lifetime voting record
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.
Congressional staff salaries
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
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.
- 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.
Voting with party
Enzi voted with the Republican Party 96.5% of the time, which ranked 1 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.
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Enzi is married to Diana Buckley Enzi and has three children and four grandchildren.
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- Gov Track "Michael Enzi," Accessed March 3, 2012
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Michael B. Enzi," Accessed October 19, 2011
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- Mike Enzi Official Senate site "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 19, 2011
- PoliticalNews.me, "Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso Endorse Mitt Romney," April 14, 2012
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
- Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
- Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Elections of November 4, 2008," accessed October 19, 2011
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Donor history for Mike Enzi" Accessed April 25, 2013
- Open Secrets "Mike Enzi 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 26, 2011
- GovTrack, "Enzi," Accessed April 11, 2013
- LegiStorm "Mike Enzi"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Enzi, (R-Wyoming), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Enzi, (R-WY), 2010"
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Mike Enzi Official Senate site "About Mike," Accessed October 19, 2011
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