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Politics First Black secretary of Senate sworn in

23:45  01 march  2021
23:45  01 march  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Sonceria "Ann" Berry was sworn in as the Senate's new secretary Monday afternoon, becoming the first Black American and eighth woman to hold the appointed position.

a group of people standing around a table: First Black secretary of Senate sworn in © Screenshot First Black secretary of Senate sworn in

A veteran Senate aide, Berry most recently served as deputy chief of staff for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who swore her into her new role.

"We begin this week on a joyful note welcoming an upstanding individual to serve as the new Secretary of the Senate," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said following Berry's swearing in. Schumer named her to the position in February.

Schumer added that Berry's elevation to the position was a "testament to her outstanding career as a public servant of the highest caliber over her 40 years in Washington."


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The Secretary of the Senate has existed since 1789, when Congress was still in its infancy. Per the Senate website, the upper chamber's secretary is responsible for a wide array of "legislative, financial and administrative functions" in support of the legislative body's "day-to-day operations."

The Senate this week is expected to confirm two more of President Biden's Cabinet nominations - Miguel Cardona for education secretary and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) for commerce secretary.

During his remarks, Schumer also signaled that the Senate would take up Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that passed in the House on Friday.

Any version of the bill that's passed by the Senate is almost guaranteed to be different than the House's version, as moderate Democrats and Republicans have balked at multiple parts of the legislation.

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