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First Black Woman Named Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms

June 13, 1985

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole on Wednesday named a former aide to President Reagan as deputy sergeant-at-arms, making her the first black woman to serve in the high Senate staff position.

Dole, R-Kan., announced the choice of Trudi Morrison, former associate director of the White House’s Office of Public Liaison, to work with Sergeant- at-Arms Ernie Garcia.

The sergeant-at-arms supervises the Capitol Police force and many of the Senate administrative functions. The official also is the chief protocol officer of the Senate.

The deputy assists the sergeant-at-arms and serves in his absence, welcoming heads of state and other dignitaries.

A native of Denver, Ms. Morrison graduated from Colorado State University and earned a law degree from George Washington University.

She worked as an assistant state’s attorney in Montgomery County, Md., and for the district attorney’s office in Denver. She also worked for the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice before going to work for the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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