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Lawmakers Share Condolences After Retired GOP Sen. Mike Enzi Dies In Bike Accident

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Retired Wyoming Republican Sen. Mike Enzi has died at age 77 after a tragic bicycling accident.

Enzi — who retired from the U.S. Senate back in January after serving 24 years in the U.S. Senate — died peacefully Monday surrounded by family and friends, former spokesman Max D’Onofrio said.

Enzi died on Monday from injuries sustained Friday in a bicycle accident near his home.

Enzi had been hospitalized with a broken neck and ribs for three days following a bicycle accident near Gillette. He was stabilized before being flown to a hospital in Colorado but remained unconscious, the Associated Press reported.

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Lawmakers took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to react to the tragic news.

Montana Democrat Sen. Jon Tester spoke about Enzi’s warm greetings and character.

“Every time I met Mike Enzi in the halls of the Senate, he greeted me with a ‘Hi, neighbor,’” Tester wrote. “Mike was a good man who served the people of Wyoming well.”

“Rest In Peace, neighbor,” the Democratic senator added.

Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote a Twitter thread remembering Enzi as a “loving family man [and] dedicated public servant.”

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“Through decades of friendship & service, I was honored to learn from Mike,” Grassley wrote. “He cared about the future of our country in every way & kept a sharp eye on Congress’ fiscal responsibilities.”

Grassley also noted that he doesn’t “often socialize in Washington,” but made an exception for attending Enzi’s “weekly” dinner at Tortilla Coast, a legendary Capitol Hill Tex-Mex eatery.

Delaware Democrat Sen. Chris Coons also posted a Twitter thread tribute to Enzi.

Coons reminisced about how he thought his first dinner with Enzi as a Senate colleague “would be brief” but they ended up talking “for hours,” becoming “good friends” in the process.

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“Mike was a faithful regular at our weekly Senate prayer breakfasts and continued to participate remotely even in retirement,” the Delaware Democrat wrote. “Annie and I are praying for Diana and Mike’s family. The Senate and our country have lost a truly good man.”

Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch tweeted a tribute as well, noting his and his wife’s sadness over Enzi’s death.

“Mike was a giant in Wyoming politics & a great senator, but more importantly, he was a good man & a good friend,” Risch wrote. “Our hearts & our prayers are with the Enzi family.”

Many other lawmakers gave their condolences, as well, including Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., whose father, former Vice President Cheney, swore Enzi into office in 2009.

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