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Woman sworn in as sergeant of arms for West Virginia House of Delegates

Anne Lieberman takes the oath of office Monday as the newly elected sergeant of arms in the West Virginia House of Delegates. (WV Legislative Photography/Perry Bennett)

A woman achieved a big first Tuesday in the West Virginia Legislature.

Anne Lieberman took the oath of office Monday as the newly elected sergeant at arms for the state House of Delegates.

Research by the House clerk found that Lieberman is the first female to hold one of the elected positions in the state Legislature – doorkeeper, sergeant at arms and House speaker or Senate president.

A native of Charleston, Lieberman lived in New York City and Boulder, Colo., before moving back to West Virginia in 2005. She has served as a legislative analyst for the Senate Education Committee and as an assistant doorkeeper and assistant sergeant of arms in the House.

The sergeant of arms works with the speaker to maintain order in the House, distributes documents, makes sure no one interferes with members’ desks or papers, helps seat visitors and makes sure the chamber is “properly ventilated, heated and lighted.”

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