Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuA decade of making a difference: Senate Caucus on Foster Youth Congress needs to work to combat the poverty, abuse and neglect issues that children face Dems wrestle over how to vote on ‘Green New Deal’ MORE (D-La.) touted numerous accomplishments in her farewell speech but said she hopes adoption would be her “legacy issue.”

“There are over 100,000 children waiting for families in the United States,” Landrieu said Thursday. “It is not their fault that their family disintegrated around them.”


Landrieu, who chaired the adoption caucus, lost her runoff election earlier this month after serving three terms in the Senate.

Landrieu said she was also proud of securing emergency aid for Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. She credited former Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) for getting the funding when the George W. Bush administration was less than helpful. 

“There will be a lot more on that in my book. I’ll just leave it at that,” Landrieu said.