Ben Sasse (R-NB) is expected to resign his senate seat before the end of the year.
Sasse won re-election in 2020 and his term was to expire in 2026.
The Nebraska governor will choose Sasse’s replacement.
NBC News reported:
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., who frequently clashed with former President Donald Trump but won a second term in 2020, is expected to resign from office before the end of the year, a source familiar with the move confirmed to NBC News on Thursday.
Sasse is expected to exit the Senate to take a new job leading the University of Florida, the source said.
Sasse won reelection in 2020, and his term was not set to expire until 2026. But Sasse has been at odds with Trump and his own party for years. After the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, Sasse was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump for his role in inciting the deadly riot.
Senate Republican leadership has been alerted of the news, a leadership aide told NBC News.
According to Fox News, Sasse is headed to the University of Florida for a lucrative gig.
“This is right for the University of Florida, right for the state of Florida and right for the Sasse family,” Rahul Patel, the chair of the school’s presidential search committee, said. “Ben brings intellectual curiosity, a belief in the power and potential of American universities, and an unmatched track record of leadership spanning higher education, government and the private sector.”
“He has worked tirelessly for decades to empower people to accomplish their goals, placing education at the forefront of his lifelong service to this great nation. Having taught at the University of Texas, and served as a college president, Ben’s experiences are also deep and broad — from healthcare and technology to history and philosophy,” Patel added.
Sasse was one of the toxic Never Trumpers who voted to convict Trump on his second impeachment.