Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the appointment of longtime Senate staffer Ann Berry as the 35th Secretary of the Senate. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
First, I want to offer congratulations to longtime Senate staffer Ann Berry, who will soon be taking over the responsibilities of the very important job of Secretary of the Senate—this is a position that dates all the way back to April 8, 1789, two days after the Senate achieved its first quorum for business.
Ann’s nomination was approved by the Senate yesterday afternoon, making her the first African-American and only the eighth woman to ever serve in that position.
It would be an understatement to say that Ann knows the Senate well. She brings four decades of experience in the Senate to her new office, having worked with Senator Leahy for many years, and more recently, with Senator Jones from her home state of Alabama.
She is going to do a fantastic job helping the Senate through its day-to-day responsibilities, and I look forward to seeing her up here on the dais when she assumes her new title in a few weeks.
Once again, another ceiling has been broken. We welcome in Ann Berry as Secretary of the Senate.