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Nevada Den. Dean Heller delivers farewell speech Thursday

Posted: 6:15 AM, Dec 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-13 14:50:09-05

Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller thanked his family and staff and touting the work of his office in a farewell speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

Heller in a speech in Washington Thursday morning cited his work on veterans' issues and the 2017 Republican tax overhaul as among his top accomplishments in his seven years in the Senate.

Heller lost a re-election race in November to Democrat Jacky Rosen. Heller was a former critic of President Donald Trump but became his ally and campaigned with him as he sought another term.

The senator on Thursday spoke about the 2017 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip and the way Nevadans stepped up to help in response.

Heller has spent nearly 30 years in public service, and his career includes serving in the Nevada Legislature, as Nevada’s Secretary of State, and in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has represented Nevada in Congress for nearly 12 years and has served in the U.S. Senate, where he authored or helped introduce more than 100 pieces of legislation that are now law, since 2011.

Watch the full speech here .

Several other senators, including Nevada's Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, gave short speeches paying tribute to Heller.