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Sen. McSally thanks Ducey, staff in emotional final speech on Senate floor

PHOENIX — Outgoing Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona thanked her staff and Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday in an emotional final speech on the Senate floor.

The 14-minute speech outlined her goals and achievements in her two years in office.

“Accepting the governor’s appointment to be a member of the world’s most prestigious and powerful governing body was like most missions in my life — a high-risk, high-purpose endeavor,” McSally said.

“I took on the mission with my eyes open, I gave it my all and I left it all on the field in my fight for the Grand Canyon State.”

McSally’s term will come to an end by the conclusion of the year after she lost to Democrat Mark Kelly in the Nov. 3 election.

Ducey, also a Republican, appointed McSally in January 2019 to fill the seat vacated when Sen. John McCain died a few months earlier.

Jon Kyl temporarily held the seat between McCain’s death and McSally’s appointment.

McSally also lost an election for Arizona’s other Senate seat to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in 2018.

“I want to thank Doug Ducey for the blessing it was to serve the state of Arizona, especially during these times of unprecedented challenges,” McSally said.

Kelly will soon join Sinema, giving Arizona two Democratic senators for the first time since 1953.

McSally previously served in the U.S. House, representing Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District. She was a U.S. Air Force pilot before entering politics.

“I’m so proud and thankful of team McSally and the proud and lasting impact they made for others,” McSally said.

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