Ben Sasse officially resigns from the Senate to become President of the University of Florida

Ben Sasse officially resigns from the Senate to become President of the University of Florida

Republican Senator Ben Sasse has officially resigned from the Senate as he takes up his new role as President of the University of Florida. Republican Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen will nominate 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 to nominate him president in November.

Sasse has one complicated Relationship with Republicans both nationally and in Nebraska thereafter his outspoken criticism of ex-President Donald Trump. He was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict the former president of incitement to insurgency in his second impeachment trial January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.

In his farewell speech in the Senate last week, Sasse criticized the Senate, saying the panel is becoming “increasingly irrelevant” because senators are giving in to “social media mobs, advocacy groups, coin donors and cable hosts.”

Sasse farewell speech

Americans are unique. You can come from anywhere in the world and be one with us, wild and wonderful and unlike any other country the world has ever known, we are equal parts community spirit and enterprise. Americans have the audacity to be optimistic even when things are at their darkest. We’re bold and loud and reckless, kinda crazy to be honest, but there’s a special energy. We’re the kind of people you want to be with you when things go wrong. We’re the kind of people the world wants with it. When things go wrong, the kind of people who get the job done and keep our word. That’s us as Americans, well ahead of the lesser issue of our political debate preferences and the color of our partisan jersey. That is us as American pluralists.

Posted by Senator Ben Sasse on Wednesday January 4th, 2023

“Each of us knows that we should look in the mirror and acknowledge that living in a politicized echo chamber is unworthy of a place that bills itself as an advisory body, let alone the largest advisory body in the world,” he said.

“If we’re honest with each other, which usually means on one of those very rare occasions when there are no cameras, we all know that a lot of the performative screaming that’s happening here and in every classroom is just about, to be booked for even more performative late-night screaming on TV,” Sasse added.

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