Outgoing Lawmakers Say Farewells

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Some of the 39 state representatives leaving office at the end of the year are saying goodbye to their colleagues.

They're using the end of the two-year legislative session to bid farewell with prepared speeches, a few tears and, in one case, a song.

The chamber's three highest-ranking Republicans, including House Speaker Rick Johnson of Leroy, gave their speeches Thursday.

Earlier this week, Detroit Democrat Artina Tinsley Hardman ended her passionate speech with a soulful rendition of the "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

Those who gave farewell speeches are leaving because they served the maximum six years allowed in the House under term limits.

But two, Republican Matt Milosch of Lambertville and Democrat Jennifer Elkins of Lake, lost their re-election bids this fall.