Mike Enzi

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Mike Enzi
Mike Enzi.jpg
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, in Bremerton, WA) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Wyoming. Enzi was first elected to the Senate in 1996.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Enzi served in the Wyoming House of Representatives and the Wyoming State Senate.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Enzi is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.


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]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Enzi's academic, professional and political career:[1]

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]



See also: United States Senate elections in Wyoming, 2014

Enzi announced July 16, 2013 that he ran for re-election in 2014. Liz Cheney also announced she ran for the seat Enzi currently holds, which would set up a Republican primary. Enzi will be speaking in September 2013 at the New York Meeting, which is a meeting of conservative activists and donors.[13]The general election took place November 4, 2014.


  • Sen. Rand Paul said that he endorses Enzi over Liz Cheney, citing unfamiliarity with Cheney's political positions. Paul went on to say, "I am a friend of Sen. Enzi and while we aren’t exactly the same, I consider him a good conservative."[14]
  • Sen. Jerry Moran, the National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman announced the official party body will support Enzi and several Senators have followed suit, including Wyoming Senator John Barrasso. Enzi has not been aggressively fundraising as the Senate race was expected to be safe. He raised $171,000 in the second quarter and ended June with $488,000 cash on hand.[15]
  • Sen. John McCain has also endorsed Enzi.[16]
  • Former Sen. Olympia Snowe adds to a growing list of Enzi supporters. She stated:
    • "There is no reason to challenge him. What is the basis? That he’s not working hard enough? He’s working very hard. That he’s not conservative enough? I think it’s regrettable.”[17]
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch has endorsed Enzi. He stated:
    • “I don’t know why in the world she’s doing this." Enzi is “honest and decent, hard-working; he’s got very important positions in the Senate. He’s highly respected. And these are all things that would cause anybody to say: ‘Why would anybody run against him?’”[18]
  • Sen John Cornyn is also throwing his support behind Enzi, although he likes Cheney as well. He reasoned:
    • “This is about getting the majority in the Senate. And we have to support our friends and people who have done a good job.”[18]

Health care

In August 2013, Liz Cheney called on Enzi, among other congressional members, to renounce the agreement allowing the government to subsidize part of the health care premiums for Congressional members and their staff. Cheney says, "The hypocrisy is stunning," she said in a statement."But all too typical of how Congress works. Members cut special deals for themselves so they don’t feel the pain their laws inflict on the general public. That’s one of the reasons I’m running for the Senate — to end this self-serving, behind the scenes deal-making." Enzi's campaign spokesperson responded, "Senator Enzi has already opposed it and the other exemptions and delays for businesses, insurance companies etc. Senator Enzi will continue his efforts to defund and dismantle Obamacare. He’ll make decisions about his own health care without help from candidate Cheney."[19]

Full history



A July 17-18, 2013 poll conducted by Harper Polling, found that Wyoming Republican voters favor Enzi 55% to Cheney's 21%. The poll found that both candidates have near universal name recognition in the state. This poll indicates Cheney faces an uphill battle for the seat--Enzi has a 73% approval rating. 38% polled said that they had heard of Cheney, but had no opinion of her.[23]

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.[24]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Enzi's reports.[25]

Mike Enzi (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]4/14/2013$275,211.00$163,915.68$(63,230.56)$375,896.12
July Quarterly[27]7/15/2013$375,896.12$171,290.52$(59,036.10)$488,150.54
Running totals

Enzi so far has received donations from several big companies and organizations, including Koch Industries PAC, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Time Warner Cable, Pfizer and National Retail Federation. Senators Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have also donated via their leadership PACs.[28]


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.[29]


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[30]

Enzi most often votes with:

Enzi least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Enzi is a "far-right Republican leader," as of July 5, 2013.[31]

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.[32]

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 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.[33]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[34]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[35]

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.[36]


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.[37]

Political positions

Voting with party


Enzi voted with the Republican Party 91.8% of the time, which ranked 11th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[38]

Recent news

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Enzi is married to Diana Buckley Enzi and has three children and four grandchildren.[39]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Mike Enzi," Accessed July 5, 2013
  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. PoliticalNews.me, "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. Politico, "Mike Enzi attending New York Meeting," Accessed August 14, 2013
  14. Politico "Rand Paul: I’ve got Mike Enzi’s back vs. Liz Cheney," Accessed July 12, 2013
  15. Politico "Liz Cheney announces Senate bid," Accessed July 16, 2013
  16. Huffington Post "John McCain Endorses Mike Enzi (VIDEO)," Accessed July 20, 2013
  17. Politico, "Olympia Snowe: Liz Cheney challenge to Mike Enzi ‘unfortunate,’" Accessed July 23, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 Politico "GOP senators to Liz Cheney: We like Mike Enzi," Accessed July 29, 2013
  19. Politico, "Liz Cheney: Mike Enzi should ‘renounce’ deal," Accessed August 13, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Elections of November 4, 2008," accessed October 19, 2011
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. Politico "Poll: Mike Enzi crushing Liz Cheney in Wyo.," Accessed July 29, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Donor history for Mike Enzi" Accessed April 25, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission "Enzi 2014 Summary reports," Accessed August 2, 2013
  26. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed August 2, 2013
  27. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed August 2, 2013
  28. Politico "Koch, McConnell PACs give to Enzi," Accessed July 22, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Mike Enzi 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 26, 2011
  30. OpenCongress, "Mike Enzi," Accessed August 8, 2013
  31. Gov Track "Mike Enzi," Accessed July 5, 2013
  32. GovTrack, "Enzi," Accessed April 11, 2013
  33. LegiStorm "Mike Enzi"
  34. OpenSecrets.org, "Enzi, (R-Wyoming), 2011"
  35. OpenSecrets.org, "Enzi, (R-WY), 2010"
  36. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  37. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  38. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  39. Mike Enzi Official Senate site "About Mike," Accessed October 19, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Alan K. Simpson
U.S. Senate - Wyoming
Succeeded by