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Baucus continues farewell tour with stop in Missoula

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: Feb 01 2014 07:17:51 PM MST
MISSOULA, Mont. -

As Senator Max Baucus awaits confirmation from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to make him US Ambassador to China, he continued his farewell tour Saturday with a stop in Missoula for a conservation rally. Baucus’ team is calling it a “Whistle Stop Tour.” It’s a chance to highlight his accomplishments and thank his constituents around Montana.

Missoula Mayor John Engen took the time to point out some of Baucus’ milestones, including the beginning of his time as a Senator in 1978, his time on the Senate Finance Committee, since 2007, and his help passing six farm bills and three highway bills.

“That, ladies and gentlemen, is a list of accomplishments more than worthy of a round of applause,” said Engen.

Engen presented Baucus with his very own Ponderosa Pine tree.

Former Congressman Pat Williams also stopped by to thank Baucus for his work.

“On behalf from all of Montanans who aren’t in this room today I would say simply, Max, thanks for all those years,” said Williams.

At the conclusion of the event, Baucus told NBC Montana “[I've been] so lucky to have the privilege of representing Montana. I've got one million of the world's best bosses.”

Baucus also visited Libby on Saturday, as well as Great Falls, where he was given a key to the city.