Sen. Ben Sasse expected to resign from the Senate to take a position as the president of the University of Florida

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) is anticipated to leave the Senate to become the president of the University of Florida, which former president Donald Trump hailed as “wonderful news,” according to the Washington Examiner.

Former President Donald Trump criticized Sasse in two posts on his Truth Social social media platform, claiming that the university “will soon regret their decision to hire him.” On Thursday, it was made public that Sasse, 50, is in talks to take over as president of the University of Florida.

“Great news for the United States Senate, and our Country itself. Liddle’ Ben Sasse, the lightweight Senator from the great State of Nebraska, will be resigning. If he knew he was going to resign so early in his term, why did he run in the first place? But it’s still great news! The University of Florida will soon regret their decision to hire him as their President,” Trump said.

“We have enough weak and ineffective RINOs in our midst. I look forward to working with the terrific Republican Party of Nebraska to get a REAL Senator to represent the incredible People of that State, not another Fake RINO!” the former president went on.

Sasse has distinguished himself as a Republican senator who has chastised Trump for “kissing dictators’ butts” and “flirting with white racists.”

Tied to the conviction of Trump

Sasse was one of the seven Republican senators who supported the conviction of Trump for the Capitol riot on January 6 in the second impeachment trial.

“Those lies had consequences, endangering the life of the vice president and bringing us dangerously close to a bloody constitutional crisis,” Sasse said at the time. “Each of these actions are violations of a president’s oath of office.”

If Sasse does decide to resign, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (R) is anticipated to choose a successor, and timing will be a consideration. In 2020, Sasse won reelection for a second term. January 2027 marks the end of that period.

In the event that Sasse steps down in December, Ricketts will be in charge of choosing Sasse’s replacement. Ricketts may be selected to serve in the upper house if Sasse steps down in January or later. The new governor, who is likely to be Republican Jim Pillen, will choose the appointment.

Background

News first broke on Thursday that Sasse would likely be leaving the upper chamber of Congress with NBC reporting that it is believed the senator will become the president of the University of Florida.

After the story leaked on Thursday, Sasse and the institution both confirmed that he is in discussions for the top position there.

Former Sasse worker and talk radio personality Ian Swanson of Omaha, Nebraska’s KFAB broke the news on his broadcast on Thursday by saying that his former employer will soon be leaving his position to work in academia.