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Rep. Martha McSally gives farewell speech to US House

Posted at 7:12 AM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 09:12:07-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Rep. Martha McSally has given her final speech to the U.S. House of Representatives as she prepares to leave office early next year.

The two-term Republican lawmaker told fellow House members Wednesday that Americans have deeply different views on how to solve the nation's challenges, but lawmakers need to set an example, disagree without being disagreeable and find common ground where they can govern.

The Tucson resident said she's proud that five pieces of legislation she introduced that became law had bipartisan support. She thanked constituents in the 2nd Congressional District, saying she deeply valued meeting with them and hearing about how government could help.

McSally ran for U.S. Senate in November and lost to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick won the 2nd District seat and will succeed McSally.