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  • Honoring the Life of R. Brian Kidney

    by Representative Jim Costa

    Posted on 2013-02-06

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    COSTA of california in the house of representatives Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Mr. COSTA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today with my colleagues and former members of the California State Legislature Mr. Farr, Mr. Garamendi, Ms. Lee, Mr. McClintock, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Waxman to pay tribute to the life of R. Brian Kidney, who passed away on December 22, 2012 at the age of 82. Mr. Kidney was an extraordinary person, and he will always be remembered as a man who lived his life with purpose and a dedication to public service, with almost 30 years in the California State Assembly, Office of the Chief Clerk.

    Brian Kidney earned a Bachelor's degree in Russian History from the University of Michigan. He went on to further his education at the University of San Francisco and earned a Master's degree in Government. Upon completion of his Master's degree, Mr. Kidney joined the United States Air Force and served our nation as a Russian Translator in Libya.

    His impressive and irreplaceable service to the State of California began in 1963 in the California State Legislature, where he served as an office messenger for Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh. Two years later he became assistant clerk, and in 1991, Mr. Kidney retired after serving 25 years as chief clerk.

    Mr. Kidney was an expert at his profession, but he brought more than knowledge and expertise to work every day. His understanding of the legislative process was an asset to each member who served in the California State Assembly during his tenure. Mr. Kidney's passion for government positively impacted the State of California in numerous ways.

    In 1989, Mr. Kidney created the Assembly Chief Clerk Legislative Internship Program. He recognized the importance of having young minds with innovative ideas in the office, and paid interns began to work full-time alongside staff to gain the most fruitful experience possible. The interns benefit from their involvement and the office gains a fresh perspective from the interns.

    Mr. Kidney did not stop working after retirement. He served as a parliamentary consultant to governments in Hungary, Malawi, Namibia, and South Africa, and spent several years as a lobbyist for The Gualco Group.

    However, life did not always revolve around politics for Mr. Kidney. He never took for granted the simplicity of a great meal surrounded by conversation and laughter with his family and friends.

    Mr. Speaker, it is with great respect that I ask my colleagues in the House of Representatives to join Mr. Farr, Mr. Garamendi, Ms. Lee, Mr. McClintock, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Waxman in paying tribute to the life and career of R. Brian Kidney. He was a shining example of a true public servant and proud American.


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