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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas) bid farewell to her colleagues in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

Hutchinson said, I leave the Senate knowing I have worked with men and women of great patriotism, intellect, and heart from both sides of the aisle. I would like to thank my colleagues -- Democrat and Republican -- for the many years of working together.

Hutchinson has represented Texas in the U.S. Senate since 1993.

Fellow Republican Ted Cruz will fill her Senate seat.

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