After 18 years in Congress, Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart delivered his good-bye speech on the House tonight. He said he leaves "with a sense of duty fulfilled, having given my all to the people of the 21st District of Florida, who have honored me by electing me and reelecting me to 9 terms in Congress.
"My most profound satisfaction comes from having given my all, each and every day, to my constituents," he said.
And he noted that he'll continue to push for democracy in Cuba: "As a private citizen, I will work to help the freedom fighters inside Cuba, who are resisting the brutality of the Castro tyranny with ultimate courage and patriotism; they are my heroes. "
To his colleagues, he said, "those who have helped me, and those who have opposed me, thank you. Thank you for the honor of having been able to serve with you."