(Chicago, IL) — Senator Mark Kirk is reflecting on his career in Washington as his term in the U.S. Senate nears an end. In his farewell speech on the Senate floor Thursday, Kirk said good-bye after six years in the Senate, following ten in the House. He said the United States is the greatest force for human dignity that we’ve ever seen and said making sure those values continue has been the heart of his service in Washington. In his brief speech, Kirk praised the citizens of Illinois, their ingenuity, the Chicago Cubs and even the state’s prodigious pumpkin harvest. He told Illinoisans to, “Take heart,” adding “you come from one of the most industrious states in the union.” Kirk lost his reelection bid to Democrat Tammy Duckworth.
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