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New sergeants-at-arms chief started at California Senate in '70s
New sergeants-at-arms chief started at California Senate in '70s

When Debbie Manning makes a request, California's most powerful politicians usually obey. As a sergeant-at-arms for the California Senate for three decades, Manning has often been sent to round up tardy lawmakers from their Capitol offices and escort them to the floor so a quorum could be achieved. On days when the Senate leader orders members not to leave the floor, Manning has served as the enforcer barring the exits. And, when people talk too loudly at the back of the chambers during a floor session, even a senator, one "shhhh" from Manning and they likely fall silent. Manning, 59, has been a firm but respectful presence at the Capitol for generations of...

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