U.S. Senate Names Ann Berry the First Black Secretary of the Senate

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on Feb. 3 that Senate Aide Sonceria “Ann” Berry will serve as the new secretary of the chamber, becoming the first African American for the position.

“I am proud to announce Ann Berry will serve as the new Secretary of the Senate. She’s more than qualified, and she will be the first African American to serve in this vital role,” Schumer said.

“This is a vital role that not only overseas key personnel, but also aids in the institution’s overall effectiveness. I am confident that Ann’s professional experience in both Senator Leahy and Senator Jones’ offices will ensure a successful tenure as she continues to serve the institution of the Senate,” Schumer also said.

Berry, who will take office on March 1, has worked in the Senate for over four decades and has recently worked as Senator Patrick Leahy’s Deputy Chief of Staff.

“I have had the privilege of working in the U.S. Senate for 40 years serving the American people. I am humbled by this opportunity to continue that service as Secretary of the Senate. It will be an honor to work with Senators and staff on behalf of the country to advance our common goal of representing this great nation,” Berry said.

Berry, who will replace Julie Adams, will also be the eight woman in history to hold the position.

The secretary of Senate performs legislative, financial, and administrative functions, which include supervising an array of day-to-day operations of the chamber, and examining and signing each act the Senate passes.

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