GOP Senator Ben Sasse to Retire from Senate

Republican Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) is retiring from the U.S. Senate to accept a job as president of the University of Florida, according to reports.

Sasse will reportedly resign in the near future.

Under state law, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts would appoint a replacement for Sasse.

The seat would be up for grabs in a special election in 2024.

The University of Florida issued a press release announcing him as the sole finalist for the open position.

“The University of Florida is the most interesting university in America right now,” Sasse said.

“It’s the most important institution in the nation’s most economically dynamic state — and its board, faculty, and graduates are uniquely positioned to lead this country through an era of disruption.”

CNN’s Manu Raju said:

“Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse plans to resign from the Senate by the end of the year to take a job as the president of the University of Florida, according to a source familiar with the deliberations.

“The University of Florida’s presidential search committee voted unanimously to name Sasse as their sole finalist for president of the university, the source said.

“Sasse will soon go to Florida and meet with students and staff.

“Then there needs to be a vote by the University of Florida board of trustees and board of governors to formalize the process.

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“All that is expected to happen over the next several weeks and into November.

“When he accepts that offer, he would resign.

“The gov will fill the vacancy.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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