Sen. Ben Sasse expected to leave Senate, become university president
Nebraska’s Republican Senator Ben Sasse is expected to resign and become the next President of the University of Florida. While this may not become official until December, The University announced Senator Sasse is being recommended for the job unanimously by a search committee that initially reached out to 700 possible candidates before narrowing that down to a dozen.
Dr. Sasse, as the University refers to him, said in a statement: “The University of Florida is the most interesting university in America right now.” Sasse said of why he wants to enter academia: “Lifelong work in one sector will never again be the norm for most Americans, and therefore lifelong learning must necessarily become the norm for most Americans. Higher education is going to need to change and grow — and rethink its forms — again and again.”
Sasse has experience as a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and as President of Nebraska’s Midland University.
This will not have an impact on the balance of power in the chamber. Nebraska’s Republican Governor Pete Ricketts would appoint a replacement until a special election can be held in 2024.
Sasse is one of a number of young conservatives leaving congress in what appears to be their prime. Former House Speaker Paul Ryan decided not to call it quits in 2018, and Florida Senator Mel Martinez resigned in 2009. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.