Republican Senator Ben Sasse has officially retired from the Senate as he enters his new role asNebraska Republican Gov. Jim Pillen will appoint someone to fill Sasse’s vacant seat.
Sasse is leaving the Senate just two years into his second term after the University of Florida Board of Trustees voted unanimously in November to name him president.
Sasse has had onerelationship with Republicans both nationally and in Nebraska after . He was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict the former president of sedition in his second impeachment trial stemming from .
In his Senate farewell speech last week, Sasse was critical of the Senate, saying the body was becoming “increasingly irrelevant” because senators pander to “social media bullies, advocacy groups, small-dollar donors and cable hosts.”
“All of us know that we should take a look in the mirror and recognize that lives lived in a politicized echo chamber are unworthy of a place that calls itself a deliberative body, let alone the world’s largest deliberative body,” he said.
“When we’re honest with each other, which usually means on one of the very rare occasions when cameras aren’t present, we all know that a large part of the performative yelling that goes on here and in every hearing room is just about getting booked for yet more performative shouting at night on TV,” Sasse added.
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