Other departing reps also made speeches, including Rep. David Torrisi (D-North Andover).
In an emotional speech punctuated by several pauses to collect himself and wipe away tears, Torrisi made jokes, imparted advice and thanked his staff and family. Torrisi, who lost in the primary, said being a husband and father had changed his perspective and gave heartfelt endorsements to most of the people he worked with. “There are so many of you here that I absolutely adore and love and cherish as friends - a couple of you not so much,” he said to a roar of laughter.
“You got to appreciate the moment. You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. And one thing, I’m fortunate enough that I’m lucky enough to say thank you to all of these people who were so good to me and so helpful to me over my years.”