Capitol Weekly’s Top 100: Sue Parker

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72. Sue Parker

Breaking barriers isn’t new to Sue Parker, the Chief Clerk of the Assembly. In 2020, she became the first woman to ever hold that position in California, and previous to that she was the first female to be the Assistant Chief Clerk. Before that, she was the Assembly’s first female Reading Clerk. Are you picking up the trend here? And make no mistake, the Chief Clerk position is a big job. Parker is the Parliamentarian of the chamber, meaning she is responsible for publishing the official documents of the House, keeping all the bills, papers, and records of the proceedings of the Assembly, engrossing and enrolling bills, providing members with analyses of bills on third reading, amending legislation, and publishing the bills, journals, files, and histories of the lower house. In that role, Parker has pushed for the greater use of technology to make the bill process more efficient and modern. We can certainly see why. Parker started her career as a Senate Fellow.

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