Former U.S. Senator Mike Enzi delivers his farewell speech Dec. 2 on the floor of the Senate. Enzi died July 26 at 77 years old. Photo: Mike Enzi Press Office

WYOMING — After serving 24 years in the U.S. Senate, Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., delivered his farewell speech today.

During his remarks, Enzi offered advice for finding common ground, citing his “80 percent tool” as an effective way of making change for the American people.

“It turns out that when we work together we can create a better bill than when we just try to do it alone or force others to accept our ideas,” Enzi said on the U.S. Senate floor. “That is why success is not really about compromise. It is about what you leave out or finding a third way to accomplish a mutually agreeable new way.”

He also highlighted his office mission statement, which he said is guided by three principles: Doing what is right, doing our best, and treating others as they wish to be treated.

“I hope everyone listening – especially my colleagues in the Senate – remembers the core values I spoke of today,” Enzi said. “I truly believe that if we adhere to those ideals, the world will be a better place for our children and grandchildren.”