The Buzz: Debra Gravert takes over for Jon Waldie as Assembly’s chief administrator

Administrator retires from Assembly Rules Committee

With current Assembly Rules Committee boss Jon Waldie retiring, Debra Gravert has taken over as the powerful committee’s chief administrative officer.

Gravert will oversee issues like legislative pay, staffing and the internal laws governing how the Assembly functions. Before winning the new position, Gravert had worked as chief of staff to Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, and twice ran unsuccessfully for a Sacramento-area Assembly seat.

Waldie will officially retire in November, and in the meantime will be working in the office of outgoing Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles. His departure will cap a 34-year career working for the Legislature that began in the mail room (while taking night courses at McGeorge School of Law). He has been working for the Rules Committee for nearly two decades, spanning multiple Assembly leaders.

“You know when it’s time,” Waldie said of his retirement. “Seventeen years is a long time doing one gig.”

Now Waldie plans to spend some time with his family, including attending to his daughter’s June wedding.

“That’s consuming a lot of our day right now,” he said.

– Jeremy B. White

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