Commending Johnye Bennett. (SR44)

Introduced By

Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville) with support from 39 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk), Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg), Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon), Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg), Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond), Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City), Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News), Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest), Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg), Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania), Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield), Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta), Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland), Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-Midlothian), Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon), Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester), Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Commending Johnye Bennett. Read the Bill »

Status

02/11/2016: Passed the Senate

History

DateAction
02/09/2016Presented 16101169D
02/09/2016Laid on Clerk's Desk
02/11/2016Engrossed by Senate
02/11/2016Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/11/2016Bill text as passed Senate (SR44ER)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 7 minutes.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.



Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville): YEARS SUPPORTING US AND MAKING SURE WE GET OUR JOB DONE ON A SHE STARTED AS A SECRETARY FOR DAILY BASIS. ED HOLLAND AND MADISON MARIE BACK IN THE 1990 SESSION. SHE TRANSITIONED INTO PURCHASING AND FISCAL MATTERS, BECOMING THE SENATE PURCHASING OFFICERS IN 1995, AND SHE RETIRED AS THE DEPUTY CLERK OF SUPPORT SERVICES. ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING TASKS THAT SHE HAD TO ACCOMPLISH OTHER THAN DEALING WITH THE 40 OF US WAS WITH THE CAPITOL RESTORATION PROJECT, WHICH AS YOU LOOK AROUND AND WERE REMINDED ON A DAILY BASIS HOW TREMENDOUS A JOB THIS WAS. I REMEMBER THE DAYS WHEN IT WOULD RAIN, WOULD COME IN THROUGH THE WINDOW ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING, SO YOU HAD TO WATCH YOUR COMPUTER AND THE FACT THAT WE HAVE THIS BEAUTIFUL RESTORATION IS TREMENDOUS. SHE IS ALSO ONE THAT YOU CAN NEVER MISS HER JUST WARM AND WELCOMING SPIRIT. SHE HAS A TREMENDOUS PERSONALITY, SHE'S A TREMENDOUS PERSON, AND WE ARE VERY THANKFUL THAT SHE SPENT THOSE 32 YEARS WITH US, KEEPING US STRAIGHT AND DOING A GREAT JOB. SHE IS JOINED BY HER SON JOHN. JOHN, WHERE U YOU? RIGHT THERE. JAMES SMITH THEY ARE, SARAH WILLIAMS AND MADELEINE. AND BY HER MANY FRIENDS IN THE SENATE. MADAM CLERK, IF YOU WOULD PLEASE READ SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 44.

[Unknown]: SENATE RESOLUTION NUMBER 44. COMEPDING JOHNNY BENNETT. WHEREAS JOHNNY BENNETT, DEPUTY CLERK FOR SUPPORT SERVICES OF THE SENATE OF VIRGINIA CLERKS OFFICE RETIRED ON JULY 1, 2015, AFTER 32 YEARS OF EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMONWEALTH AND THE SENATE OF VIRGINIA, AND WHEREAS JOHNNY BENNETT STARTED HER CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE WITH THE RICHMOND GENERAL DISTRICT COURT AS THE CLERK AND ACCOUNTANT FOR THE JUDGES, AND WHEREAS AFTER SEVEN YEARS WORKING IN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM, JOHNNY BENNETT JOINED THE STAFF OF THE SENATE CLERK WAS OFFICE, SERVED AS SECRETARY TO SENATORS ED HOLLAND AND MADISON MARIE DURING THE 1990 REGULAR SESSION, AND WHEREAS FOLLOWING THE SESSION, JOHN IF I BENNETT WAS ASKED TO STAY ON AS THE SENATE'S PURCHASING FISCAL TECHNICIAN AND WITH HER ACCOUNTING ACUMEN, SHE QUICKLY ASCENTED THE RAININGS TO BECOME THE SENATE PURCHASING OFFICER IN 1995. WHEREAS JOHNNY BENNETT BECAME AN INCREASINGLY VALUABLE ASSET NOT SENATE AS SHE EXPANDED HER EXPERTISE OF PROCUREMENT LAW, ATTAINING HER CERTIFICATION AS A VIRGINIA CONTRACTING OFFICER, AND BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT TAL PURCHASING, AND WHEREAS ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PEN TORESHIP, JOHNNY BENNETT WAS A MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LEGISLATIVE CLERKS AND SECRETARIES AND SERVED AS CHAIR OF THE MEMBERSHIP AND COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE AND AS CO-CHAIR OF THE TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE. AND WHEREAS JOHNNY BENNETT'S PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE AND PERSONAL ATTENTION TO DETAIL WERE REFLECTED IN EVERY PROJECT SHE UNITED STATES TOOK, INCLUDING THE MOST CHALLENGING OF HER CAREER, COORDINATING WITH THE CLERK OF THE SENATE THE MANY JOBS, ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS SURROUNDING THE HISTORIC RENOVATION OF THE VIRGINIA STATE CAPITOL FROM 2004 TO 2007, AND WHEREAS RECOGNIZED EARLY FOR HER MANAGEMENT POTENTIAL, JOHN IF I BENNETT ACCEPTED THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THE COMMONWEALTH'S MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE AND WAS PROMOTED TO A TEAM LEADERSHIP POSITION IN 2006 FOLLOWING HER OUTSTANDING WORK WITH THE CAPITOL RENOVATION, SHE WAS NAMED ASSISTANT CLERK IN 2009 AND ERNZ HER CURRENT TITLE, DEPUTY CLERK SUPPORT SERVICES IN 2011. AND WHEREAS WITH HER OUTGOING PERSONALITY AND CAN-DO ATTITUDE, JOHNNY BENNETT HAS BEEN A MODEL TEAM LEADER TO THE MEMBERS OF SUPPORT SERVICES WHO HAVE LEARNED BY HER EXAMPLE THAT NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH A LITTLE IMAGINATION AND A LOT OF DETERMINATION. AND WHEREAS JOHNNY BENNETT PLANS TO KEEP EQUALLY BUSY IN HER RETIREMENT, SHE HAS SET HER SIGHTS ON TRAVELING THE GLOBE, ATTENDING ART CLASSES, AND SPENDING MORE QUALITY TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AND WHEREAS JOHNNY BENNETT HAS REPRESENTED THE SENATE WITH HONOR AND DISTINCTION AND HAS GAIN THE ADMIRATION AND RESPECT OF STATE LEADERS, CONTRACTORS, AND COLLEAGUES IN EACH OF THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT, NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY SENATE OF VIRGINIA THAT JOHNNY BENNETT HEREBY BE COMMENDED FOR HER OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE COMMONWEALTH AND HER COMMITMENT TO THE PRESERVATION OF THE VIRGINIA STATE CAPITOL AS A TREASURED HISTORIC LANDMARK. AND BE IT RESOLVED FURTHER THAT THE CLERK OF THE SENATE PREPARE A COPY OF THIS RESOLUTION FOR PRESENTATION TO JOHNNY BENNETT, FORMER DEPUTY CLERK, SUPPORT SERVICES, AS AN EXPRESSION OF THE SENATE OF VIRGINIA'S APPRECIATION FOR HER DEDICATION AND ADMIRATION FOR HER SENSE OF STYLE AND BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY AND LONG RETIREMENT.

Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville): THANK YOU, MADAM CLERK. WHILE THE -- WHILE MRS. BENNETT IS ESCORTED NOT DAIS, I WOULD ASK THE SENATE TO PLEASE OFFER MS. JOHNNY BENNETT THE WARM [ APPLAUSE ] WELCOME OF THE SENATE.

[Unknown]: CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU. WELL, ON BEHALF OF THE SENATE AND THE STAFF, IT'S WONDERFUL TO SEE YOU AGAIN. WE MISS YOU, BUT CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RETIREMENT, AND I'M GOING TO SPEAK JUST TO SAY A COUPLE WORDS ON BEHALF OF THE SENATE AND HAVING SERVED IN THE SENATE AND OBVIOUSLY NOW AS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, BUT YOU AND FOLKS LIKE YOU AND THE STAFF MAKE IT SO WONDERFUL FOR US TO WORK HERE, AND WE ENJOY THE PRIVILEGE OF DOING THAT. AND TO THE POINT WHERE AFTER THE TWO MONTHS THAT WE'RE HERE, IT'S OFTENTIMES DIFFICULT TO GO BACK HOME AND GO BACK TO OUR OFFICE. WE JUST DON'T GET TREATED LIKE THIS, AND SO -- YEAH, IT'S PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT JUST -- IT JUST MAKES THIS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK AND OBVIOUSLY WE'RE ALL HERE TO GET WHAT'S DONE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF VIRGINIA, SO IT'S ALL A TEAM EFFORT. WE THANK YOU SO MUCH, AND AGAIN, 32 YEARS OF SERVICE HERE AS TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TIME AND WE JUST WISH YOU THE BEST. I KNOW EVERYBODY WANTS TO SAY HI TO YOU, BUT AGAIN, I WOULD ASK THE SENATE TO PLEASE JOIN ME IN OFFERING MS. JOHNNY BENNETT CONGRATULATIONS AND THE WARM WELCOME OF THE SENATE. THANK YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] IT'S AN HONOR. THE SENATE WILL STAND AT EASE.