The Legislature will open with new chief clerk of the House

Al Mathiowetz, who’d been chief clerk of the Minnesota House of Representatives for 10 years, has retired and won’t be on the podium today when the 2015 session opens.

Pat Murphy, another long-time House employee, will be nominated to the chief clerk’s job.

Mathiowetz had worked for the House for 43 years, says the House Public Information Services. He began as an administrative assistant in 1971, taking the job at the urging of his two brothers who worked in the House in the 1960s.

From there, it was journal editor, second assistant chief clerk and then first assistant chief clerk in 1985. After 20 years in that spot, he got the chief clerk job, when his boss and mentor Ed Burdick retired.

“I just enjoyed so much working with [Burdick]. He was a great mentor. He really cared about the institution and that’s where I got my love for the place,” Mathiowetz said.

Former House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher had nice things to say about Mathiowetz:

“One of Al’s strengths was his absolute sense of fairness. Al was able to have a really good memory and the ability to pull up precedent, and to pull it up quickly, on both sides of an issue.”

Murphy, who joined the House in 1978 and has been first assistant chief clerk under Mathiowetz since 2005, is scheduled to be approved as the new chief clerk.

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