John Kerry Bids Farewell to the Senate After 28 Years

Yesterday Kerry said goodbye to the Senate in a wide-ranging speech on partisan gridlock, comity, the media, money in politics, and what made him love public service.

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Massachusetts Sentor John Kerry, who was confirmed Tuesday as Secretary of State, bid farewell to the Senate in an emotional speech Wednesday afternoon.

Here are some highlights from the speech, including Kerry’s reflection on Sen. Ted Kennedy and President Kennedy:

Senator Kerry’s resignation takes effect Friday, after which he will be sworn in as the 68th Secretary of State. Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts appointed his former chief of staff, William Cowan, to replace Mr. Kerry in the Senate until a special election is held.

You can watch the entire address here.