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U.S Representative Martha McSally delivers final floor speech

Posted at 8:24 PM, Dec 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-12 22:24:26-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Congresswoman Martha McSally took the floor to give her farewell remarks on Wednesday.

The Arizona Republican is leaving the House of Representatives at the end of the year.

A former Air Force Pilot, McSally served four years in the house.

"It has been a tremendous honor to be deployed here, to the people's house, over the past four years as an advocate and champion of Tucson, Sierra Vista, Douglas, Bisbee and all the other amazing communities in Southeastern Arizona," said McSally.

McSally praised her staff in Arizona and Washington for projects like health care, border security and tax breaks.

She gave advice to members who have been in the house for a while as well as those who will be sworn in next month.

"I humbly ask you never forget the privilege it is to serve here and why you are here. Membership in this body is a precious opportunity. Don't take it lightly, and don't squander it," said McSally. "It's not about us. As soon as we leave here, this institution will move on. Use the time wisely."

McSally said she is particularly proud of the five bills she introduced that were signed into law had bi-partisan support.

In her final moments on the floor, McSally praised her constituents.

"I stand here today proud of the work we did in these four short years, but more proud of the people who sent me here, the citizens of Arizona's second Congressional District," said McSally.

She wished her successor, Ann Kirkpatrick, all the best.

McSally's full speech is posted above.