TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -Tonight, Senator Martha McSally delivered her final speech on the Senate floor as Senator-elect Mark Kelly is only weeks away from joining the upper chamber.
With watery eyes and her voice cracking during her speech, McSally expressed how much she will miss serving Arizonans and how her personal life experiences helped her work for the state.
“Serving and fighting for Arizona has been an opportunity of a lifetime,” she said.
During her speech, she highlighted her work during her time in the Senate since January 2019.
“We played a key role in creating a strong economy so everyone has the opportunity to live the American dream. Rebuilding our military, standing up to China, securing our border, and transforming the judiciary back to it’s constitutional role for generations to come.”
After thanking Gov. Doug Ducey and President Trump for the opportunity, she congratulated Kelly who defeated her by a 3% vote in the elections.
“I wish my successor Mark Kelly all the best as he represents our state in this chamber,” McSally said.
Although she hasn’t decided what her next mission is, McSally said she’s offered her support to Kelly in his transition to ensure Arizonans get the best treatment.
“I’m looking forward to having a conversation with her about some really important subjects - one of which is all the constituent services and work that a Senate office does... and we want to make sure that those cases get handled,” said Kelly.
Kelly said he’s ready to hit the ground running when he gets to Washington.
“I’ll be encouraging both sides to work together, to come up with something because business and families are struggling,” he said.
Since Kelly will serve the remainder of late Senator John McCain’s term, he’ll be sworn in on the first week of December, right on time to have input on a possible second stimulus package.