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Former Michigan Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell has passed away.
Mitchell, who made headlines last year after leaving the Republican Party because of Donald Trump, died at the age of 64 after a battle with cancer.
In June 2021, he told Detroit’s WJR radio that he had been diagnosed with renal cancer. He spoke about surviving a high-risk surgery to remove a blood clot near his heart, and he planned on starting an immunotherapy regimen against cancer.
“Paul was an American. He was the embodiment of what we can be if we choose to love and fight for what matters,” said Sherry Mitchell, his wife.
“Paul loved with reckless abandon and would fiercely protect others whether they were family or strangers. You were worthy and loved and part of his flock,” she added.
In July 2019, he announced that he would not seek re-election, but he served the remainder of his second term.
I was sad to hear Paul Mitchell passed away. Despite our disagreements, I appreciate his dedication to public service. Prayers go out to the Mitchell family.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) August 16, 2021
Former Congressman Paul Mitchell (R-MI) passed away yesterday. A wonderful colleague & friend. Such a loss. Deepest sympathies to the Mitchell family. RIP.
— Charlie Dent (@RepCharlieDent) August 17, 2021
Our thoughts are with the family of Paul Mitchell, who passed away Sunday. https://t.co/rEMUeN6bW6
— Blue Water Healthy Living (@BlueWaterHL) August 17, 2021
Mitchell changed his party affiliation from Republican to Independent three weeks before he left office.
Mitchell said his decision came after Donald Trump refused to concede the 2020 presidential election.
Mitchell had previously criticized some of Trump’s public comments as being “beneath leaders.”
— Paul Mitchell (@RepPaulMitchell) July 15, 2019
Mitchell is the second Republican to pass away recently.
Retired Wyoming Republican Sen. Mike Enzi 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.
Former Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family. pic.twitter.com/7rGlwYDxKa
— Mike Enzi (@SenatorEnzi) July 27, 2021
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.
Every time I met Mike Enzi in the halls of the Senate, he greeted me with a “Hi, neighbor.” Mike was a good man who served the people of Wyoming well.
Rest In Peace, neighbor.
— Senator Jon Tester (@SenatorTester) July 27, 2021
Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote a Twitter thread remembering Enzi as a “loving family man [and] dedicated public servant.”
“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.
Former Senator Mike Enzi was a loving family man + dedicated public servant. Through decades of friendship & service, I was honored to learn from Mike. He cared about the future of our country in every way & kept a sharp eye on Congress’ fiscal responsibilities.
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) July 27, 2021
Mike loved to share stories about fishing back home in Wyoming, life before Congress running his family shoe store + above all else his family. Barbara & I send our condolences to Diana and the Enzi family and friends. May God bless our friend, Mike Enzi.
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) July 27, 2021
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.
“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.”
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