Secretary of the California State Senate

The Secretary of the California Senate is a nonpartisan officer of the Senate and is elected at the beginning of each two-year session. The Secretary's primary role is the chief parliamentarian of the Senate (Senate Rule 9, Standing Rules of the Senate. "See" S.R. 4, 2007-08 Regular Session). The Secretary also oversees the clerical workforce on the floor of the California State Senate. This workforce includes staff responsible for producing the daily files, histories, and journals of the Senate, as well as clerks that amend, engross, and enroll bills. The Secretary is also responsible for recording votes on the Senate floor.

The Secretary is one of three non-member officers selected for each two-year session; the body also appoints a Chaplain and Sergeant-at-Arms. ("California's Legislature" (2006 edition), California State Assembly: Sacramento. p. 149)

The current Secretary of the Senate is Greg Schmidt, who was first elected in 1996. ("California's Legislature" (2006 edition), California State Assembly: Sacramento. p. 269)

The longest serving Secretary of the Senate was Joseph Beek, who served from 1919-1968 (with the exception of 1921, when he did not serve).

Sources & More Information

* [http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/califleg.html Entire text of "California's Legislature" book is posted online here]
* [http://www.sen.ca.gov/ California Senate web site. Contains links to Secretary's homepage]
* Rules of the Senate (Senate Resolution 4, 2007-08 Regular Session)


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