The Boca Raton Democrat -- who lost in November to Republican Allen West -- bade farewell to the House Wednesday, but not before asking incoming Gov. Rick Scott at a Florida delegation meeting for his help in securing a national catastrophe insurance fund --- a Klein priority since his 2006 election.
"Your predecessors played a very active role," Klein told Scott. "We need support at the governor's level."
On the House floor, Klein called the opportunity to serve in the House "the privilege of a lifetime." Klein, who defeated longtime Republican E. Clay Shaw in 2006, never mentioned his loss in his remarks, but said he had fought for his constituents daily.
"Some might disagree with our policies, but I think it is clear that each of us loves this country, and stood up for what we believe in the best way we know how," he said. "Choosing public service isn't always easy - there are bad headlines and tough attacks, and long weeks away from your family. And our families do sacrifice the most. But it is worth every single sacrifice for the opportunity to make this country better for our children and grandchildren than it was for us. That is the American dream, and that is what I get up fighting for every single day."