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Beacon Hill's Most Beautiful: 25 power players who keep the Golden Dome in style

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN AND MIKE DEEHAN  |  November 8, 2012

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ANDREA MARUZZI
29, ENGAGED, LYNN
CALENDAR CLERK, SENATE CLERK'S OFFICE

BRENDAN CRIGHTON
29, ENGAGED, LYNN
CHIEF OF STAFF TO SENATOR THOMAS MCGEE

How does a State House power-couple maintain their professionalism working so close together? One rule: no PDA in sight of the golden dome, an edict that has been known to break from time to time in the case of Maruzzi and Crighton.

Our panel called Maruzzi "one of the only reasons to go to the Senate clerk's office," and Crighton must have been thinking the same thing, since they met when he would continuously come to Maruzzi's office to ask the same questions over and over. "I would find any excuse I could to stop by the clerk's office and ask her for help," he said.

With sessions deliberating important legislation sometimes stretching into the dead of night, it's easy to see how important, and difficult, it is to keep those 40 august lawmakers on schedule. As the Senate's calendar clerk, it's Maruzzi's job to manage the legislative session, help maintain the journal and keep track of the multitude of bills flying around the chamber at any given moment.

As Senator McGee's chief of staff, Crighton manages the senator's office and handles everything from statewide transportation policy to constituent services. Once he's back in his hometown of Lynn, Crighton also serves as a city councilor.

And don't think you were going to get through the couple's profile without an "awww" moment. According to Maruzzi, the best part of her day is getting to have lunch with beau Crighton.

ANDREA MARUZZI
Job title: Calendar clerk, Senate Clerk's Office

Held since: 2007; started in the Senate Clerk's office in 2005.

Age: 29

Marital/relationship status; children; pets: Engaged

Home: Lynn

Originally from: Revere

What you do: Create the calendar for formal sessions, manage the session, write parts of the journal, track bills, and help people understand the legislative process

One experience that made you glad to do this work: The very first time I went down to the Senate Chamber as the calendar clerk. It was very inspiring to see the senators passionately debate topics that they feel so strongly about, and being able to help facilitate the process.

Path to Beacon Hill: During my senior year of college I did an internship for Speaker Robert DeLeo, and really enjoyed my time in the building.

Personal style: Professional, yet age-appropriate trendy.

Favorite thing about working in the State House: I get to have lunch, or at the very least a coffee break, with Brendan almost every day.


BRENDAN CRIGHTON
Job title: Chief of staff to Senator Thomas M. McGee

Held since: 2009; in McGee's office since 2005

Age: 29

Marital/relationship status; children; pets: Engaged

Home: Lynn

Originally from: Lynn

What you do: Manage a small senatorial staff and supervise our operations, including constituent services, budgetary and legislative matters, and the Transportation Committee. Also I work directly with the senator on policy and local matters.

One experience that made you glad to do this work: Any time I am able to help someone in need, it reminds me why I love public service.

Other jobs: I am currently serving my second term on the Lynn City Council.

Path to Beacon Hill: I studied government at Colby College, and was fortunate enough to get a job with my State Senator Tom McGee right after I graduated.

Favorite thing about working in the State House: The State House has been more of an educational experience than a job for me. Even after working there for more than seven years, I can still learn something new every day.

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