Highlights of Emotional Farewell Speech by U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, the longest-serving member of Congress in State History

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I wanted to be the first of many. I wanted to help get women elected to the Senate.

It is time for me to say goodbye to elected office, but not to service.

For me, no issue was too small to take up and no cause was too big for me to take on.

One of the great joys has been to work to help empower them so that they could be a powerhouse … that struck fear into the heart of the guys.

More than half of my life has been in elected public service, but at the same time, all of my life has been focused on service.

You know when people vote for you, it’s not that they’re sending you to Washington, they’re sending you to City Hall. They’re giving you their vote of confidence that you will be on their side, that they will be on your side.

We defied the odds and that’s how I came into office, a champion on behalf of the people.

The fate of this country, and maybe even the world, lies in the hands of Congress and the United States Senate.

The dinners have now stood the test of time, and I’m so proud of them. That doesn’t go down in the law books, but it certainly, I think, should go down in the history books.

We could actually work together, put our heads together, to try to come up with real solutions for real problems.The other is not just to judge one another because we have a party label. I’m so darn sick of that.

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