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Senate Leaders Honor Longtime Gallery Director

By Rema Rahman and Thomas McKinless

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Senate leaders used opening remarks on the floor Wednesday to honor Ed Pesce, the longtime director of the Senate Periodical Press Gallery, calling him a fixture behind the office’s signature saloon doors. Minority Leader Harry Reid commended Pesce’s work, along with gallery staff, who act as nonpartisan liaisons coordinating communication between congressional staff and media outlets across several countries. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got a little more personal, calling Pesce out for his constant exercise and dedication to certain films. “You might see Ed queuing for the premier of a ‘Star Wars’ sequel, maybe even a prequel,” McConnell said.

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