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Barbara Mikulski calls for return to civility in emotional farewell speech

Barbara Mikulski calls for return to civility in emotional farewell speech

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, delivering an emotional farewell speech on the Senate floor Wednesday after four decades in Congress, called for a return to civility in politics, and vowed to continue serving Maryland as a private citizen.

Surrounded by Democratic and Republican senators who came to hear her final major address, Mikulski recalled her early years in the male-dominated Senate and thanked voters for allowing a grocer's daughter from Highlandtown to rise to the highest levels of power on Capitol Hill.

"It is time for me to say goodbye to elected office, but not to service," said Mikulski, 80. "For me, no issue was too small to take up and no cause was...

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