Republican Sen. Ben Sasse officially steps down, opening up appointment to seat


Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., an outspoken. Critic of former President Donald Trump, resigned from. The Senate on Sunday as he prepares to return to academia as president of the University of Florida.

Sasse, who led Midland University, a small private college in his home state. Before running for Senate, submitted his resignation last month. Saying he would leave office on Jan. 8 — two years into his second term.

In farewell remarks last week, Sasse criticized. The organization he has been a member of since 2015, saying, “This organization is not doing very well now.”

We all know that we should look in the mirror and recognize that living in a political echo . Chamber is unworthy of a place that calls itself a deliberative body. let alone the greatest deliberative body in the world,” he said.

“When we’re honest with each other. Which usually means on the very rare occasions when the cameras aren’t present. We all know that a large part of the performative yelling. That happens here and in every listening room is to bookend . More performative yelling at night on TV. About,” he said.

Sasse’s departure leaves. The seat open for an appointment by Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen, a Republican. The previous governor, Republican Pete Ricketts, said he would seek the appointment.

As a senator, Sasse was a conservative. China hawk who supported repeal of the Affordable. Care Act and opposed same-sex marriage. A bstaining from a vote in November on landmark legislation to codify. Same-sex marriage rights. He served as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services in. The administration of President George. W. Bush and was first elected to the Senate in 2014.

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