Florida Senate - 2022                             (NP)    SR 6-D
       By Senator Bean
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    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing the outstanding character,
    3         professionalism, and kindness of Senate Secretary
    4         Debbie Brown on the occasion of her retirement.
    6         WHEREAS, at its organization session every two years, the
    7  Senate elects a Secretary of the Senate as prescribed by the
    8  State Constitution, and
    9         WHEREAS, this nonmember constitutional officer serves as
   10  the Senate Parliamentarian, charged with maintaining all Senate
   11  records, ensuring the continuity of Senate operations between
   12  legislative terms, authenticating each act and resolution passed
   13  by the Senate, and publishing the journal and the calendar, and
   14         WHEREAS, the Secretary of the Senate oversees the
   15  operations of bill drafting, bill and amendment filing, and the
   16  electronic voting system and information systems, and
   17         WHEREAS, in addition, the Secretary of the Senate is the
   18  “face” of the Senate when the Legislature is not in session,
   19  speaking to visiting civic and student groups and hosting mock
   20  sessions for YMCA Youth in Government and the American Legion’s
   21  Girls State and Boys State programs, among others, and
   22         WHEREAS, since August 4, 2011, these responsibilities have
   23  rested on the shoulders of the tireless Debbie Brown, whose calm
   24  demeanor and decisive counsel have guided the last six
   25  Presidents of the Florida Senate, and
   26         WHEREAS, in June 1993, after nearly 20 years in the private
   27  sector, this honor graduate of Liberty High School in Bristol
   28  and Tallahassee Community College, who holds an Associate of
   29  Science degree in business administration and management,
   30  dedicated her professional talents to the Florida Senate, first
   31  serving as a staff assistant, an editor, and an executive
   32  assistant, and
   33         WHEREAS, in November 2010, Debbie Brown was named Director
   34  of Senate Administration and in the following year began her
   35  service as Secretary, and
   36         WHEREAS, Debbie Brown is a gracious leader and mentor, and
   37  those who know her best describe her as “dedicated,” “an
   38  extraordinary manager,” and “passionate and compassionate,” and
   39         WHEREAS, while Debbie Brown has consistently demonstrated
   40  her commitment to the work of the Florida Senate and the people
   41  of this state, her top priority has been and will always be her
   42  family: her husband Larry Brown; her son Michael Richter and his
   43  wife Heather; her daughter Monica Guy; her four grandchildren,
   44  Madelynn, Brayden, Sophie, and Hudson; and her mother, Hazel
   45  Eddleman, and
   46         WHEREAS, as was said on the day of her nomination as
   47  Secretary of the Senate, Debbie Brown has been dedicated not
   48  just to a job, but to a cause — making this state a better
   49  place, NOW, THEREFORE,
   51  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   53         That the Florida Senate recognizes the outstanding
   54  character, professionalism, and kindness of Senate Secretary
   55  Debbie Brown on the occasion of her retirement.
   56         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution, with
   57  the Seal of the Senate affixed, be presented to Secretary of the
   58  Senate Debbie Brown as a tangible token of the sentiments of the
   59  Florida Senate.