Local politicians share stories of Mike Enzi, Governor orders flags back to full staff August 7 following his interment

(Statewide) – Governor Mark Gordon has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flags be returned to full staff on Saturday, August 7th, 2021 following the interment of retired U.S. 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 ambassador for the State of Wyoming as Senator Mike Enzi. Senator Enzi was truly a problem solver that not only benefited Wyoming, but our nation,” commented Shoshoni Mayor Joel Highsmith.


“Senator Enzi Started his political career as a Mayor in Gillette in 1974 and continued his service to the public till his death, in form or another. I had the pleasure seeing Senator Enzi July 15th in Cheyenne at our Municipalities (WAM) Summer Meeting where he was the Keynote Speaker. He was asked to speak to attendees at the meeting, and encouraged those attending to consider entering statewide office as he had,” Highsmith continued.

“Being involved with local issues is a good platform to start from. His dedication to serve the public and do what was right at all the levels of government lead to his success. He never forgot where he came from. Speaking at the WAM Meeting was another way he was giving to the state of Wyoming. This great man will truly be missed.”

Riverton Mayor Richard Gard also echoed Highsmith’s appreciation of Enzi’s attendance at the Wyoming Association of Municipalities (WAM) meeting, adding, “I got to visit Enzi’s office in Washington. He was an Eagle Scout like me, which I appreciated. He was good statesmen and will be missed.”

Fremont County Commissioner Chairman Travis Becker commented that even though he didn’t have much experience working directly with Enzi, he was always open for discussion.


“Enzi was always a nice individual to talk to, personal and approachable. No matter what political side you were on, everyone knew he did a lot for the people of Wyoming,” Becker stated.

Dubois Mayor John Meyer also added, “I only recently met and briefly said hello to the Senator at the WAM conference in Cheyenne, but I am saddened to hear that he has passed and send condolences to his family.”

Services for Senator Enzi will be held Friday, August 6th at 1 pm at Gillette College’s Pronghorn Center in Gillette.


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