WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is saying goodbye to his fellow senators after three years in Congress.

Brown, who lost his re-election bid to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, gave a farewell speech on the Senate floor Wednesday.

Brown thanked Massachusetts voters for letting him represent them and said he kept his promise to vote on issues based on their individual merits rather than partisan politics.

“I’m proud that I did keep my promise to be independent,” said Brown. “When I arrived here, I promised that I would read the bills, see how they affected Massachusetts, our country, our debt and our deficit and then I would vote in an independent manner based on the merits of that issue rather than partisan politics.”

The Republican also pointed to several bills he helped push through, including legislation to ban insider trading by members of Congress and a measure designed to help returning veterans find work.

Brown gave no indication of his future political plans, but said he was concerned about the sharp partisan divisions in Washington.

He called on both parties to put aside differences for the good of the country.

“I know we can do better. The American people expect us to do better,” said the Wrentham Republican. “As I leave, I challenge the leadership to make the process more open and transparent. I challenge members to work with each other in a more open and honest manner, and I challenge the president and the Congressional leadership to also work together to address the concerns and needs of our country, because after all, we are Americans first.”

Brown will continue to serve in the Senate until Warren is sworn in next month.

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