- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Sen. John Walsh is calling for a return to civility in Washington, asking his colleagues to “check politics at the door and instead focus on the future.”

The Helena Independent Record reports (https://bit.ly/1uoyJE7 ) Walsh made his plea during his farewell speech to the Senate on Wednesday.

The Montana Democrat also urged the Senate to redouble efforts to combat suicides by veterans and to find common ground. He enlisted in the Montana National Guard out of high school and served for 33 years.

On Feb. 7, Gov. Steve Bullock appointed him to succeed Sen. Max Baucus, who was picked as ambassador to China.

Walsh was seeking the open Senate seat this year but dropped out in August after a New York Times story said he had plagiarized most of his senior paper at the Army War College.

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Information from: Independent Record, https://www.helenair.com


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