Nebraska GOP Sen. Ben Sasse likely to leave for college presidency

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 22: Sen.  Ben Sasse (R-NE) questions US Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson during each Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, March 22, 2022 in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON – Nebraska GOP Senator Ben Sasse is expected to resign from the Senate to become president at the University of Florida, both offices announced on Thursday.

“I think Florida is the most interesting university in America right now,” Sasse said in a statement after the school announced that a search committee recommended him for the job of school president.

The statement did not say exactly when Sasse would relinquish his seat in a chamber that is now split 50-50 between the two parties. The University of Florida still has to go through a formal hiring process.

Sasse, 50, in his second term in the Senate, has often lamented Donald Trump’s influence on the Republican Party and frequently clashed with the 45th president. He was one of seven Republican senators last year to vote to convict the former president on impeachment charges that he helped inflame a mob to attack the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

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