Washington, D.C. --Moving from one office to another as a United States Senator might mean more than you think. Just ask Wyoming's junior senator Mike Enzi.
"Wyoming's wide open spaces are sorely missed even more when you're housed in an office with bunk bed desks," he said of his now former quarters.
Enzi and his staff moved this week to a more permanent dwelling place. One that he says will help him serve Wyoming better.
"Since being elected to the office I've been in three of them," Enzi said. "I've now had a space in each of the three Senate office buildings. We started in the basement of the Dirksen building in just one small room. When I put all my staff together we moved to the Hart building where we crammed more than 15 people into a slightly larger space. When you consider that my staff and I all had to meet with constituents and work every day in the same tight space, the move to our new quarters in the historic Russell building comes at just the right time as things heat up in the legislative arena."
Offices in the Senate are doled out based on seniority. The members who have been here the longest get the space of their choice and they move first. Enzi and other freshmen members immediately went to the bottom of the list. Enzi "attained" his rank of 100 by consideration of other tie-breaking freshman criteria, one of which was state population.
"Actually, I believe the time we spent huddled in the Hart building was good for us," Enzi said. "There's always a time when a new staff or team is getting a feel for its members. You really get to know someone when you sit within three feet of them 10 hours a day for three months. Now that everyone has a sense of each other we are moving to a more practical space with room for meeting constituents and document filing. We'll all be able to concentrate without the distraction that comes with everybody being stacked together in a small room."
Enzi's team now occupies eight rooms on either side of the second-floor hallway, near a street entrance, in the Russell building. Most of his office rooms are connected through adjoining doors. The Russell Building is closest to the Capitol Building, allowing Enzi quicker access to the Senate Floor for votes and debate.
Enzi's new office space was formerly occupied by Small Business Committee Chairman Christopher Bond of Missouri. There have been other Wyoming Senators who have occupied these same offices including R.D. Carey in the early 1930s, H.H. Schwartz in the late 1930s and E.V. Robertson in the 1940s.
The mailing address, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, United States Senate, Washington, DC 20510, has not changed since mail is sorted by the senator's name. The phone number remains unchanged too, 202-224-3424.
Enzi welcomed Wyomingites to make the trip to Washington and stop by his office. The reception room is Russell 290.