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Sen. Pat Roberts gives farewell speech on Senate floor

Published: Dec. 10, 2020 at 12:56 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWCH) - After decades of representing Kansas in Washington, D.C., Senator Pat Roberts said thank you and farewell on Thursday.

He asked for a new normal -- calling for respect, humility, cooperation, achievement and friendship.

“The entire country could use a little of what we say in Kansas, ‘Ad Astra per Aspera,’ to the stars through difficulty,” Roberts said. “So as my time in the senate draws to a close, I have done my best to improve the lives of Kansans and all Americans, for decades to accomplish big and small things so this generation and future generations might live and achieve the American dream.”

Sen. Roberts gave some final remarks Thursday on the Senate floor. He highlighted successes from his career, from work on multiple farm bills, to his work toward the creation and dedication of the new Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran also spoke from the Senate floor thanking the retiring senator for his “service to our nation and to our state. A life being well lived, you are the example.”

“Pat’s role model – the person he may admire the most – is Kansan Dwight Eisenhower,” said Sen. Moran. “Pat Roberts, I have no doubt that you’ve lived up to that role model, that Kansan that is esteemed around the world, and you’ve led like Ike led. I thank you and your staff for all you have done for Kansans and America. I thank you for what you’ve done for me and my team.”

Roberts will retire at the end of the year. He will be replaced by Republican Roger Marshall, who won the race to succeed him. The new congress will be sworn-in on January 3.

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