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Staff Highlights: Security and Sergeant at Arms
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Publish-date-icon March 2, 2010
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If you’re among one of many (including myself) who have found yourself asking for directions into the Senate chambers, you’ve probably had the privilege to meet the “men in the blue coast” (as I frequently refer to them), officially known as Security and Sergeant at Arms.
This group of 12 men are hired by the Senate to not only provide safety and order to the Senate meetings but comedic relief as well. Sergeant at Arms Bob Gardner, often refereed to as the Senate jokester, explained that his badge really should be called the “Sergeant of Charms.”
When asked what their official position is, most joked that they are actually just barriers between the Senators and the Lobbyists. “Guard the door, take care of the Senators...keep the lobbyists out,” Jason said.
Listed below are all of the Senate Security. If you get the chance to come up to Capitol Hill, make sure you stop by their desks (located in front of the Senate suite) to take some taffy and hear some of their more entertaining stories about what they’ve witnessed over the years at the Senate.
Bob Gardner: Sergeant at Arms, Thomas Shepherd: Asst. Sergeant at Arms, Virgil Blair, Frank Christenson, Steve Higham, Glenn Hildebrand, Jason Hildebrand, Paul Jacobs, Dale Hansen, Leo Parry, Roger Winslow and Dennis Bird.

For more information, please visit UtahSenate.org

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