The passing of Greg Schmidt is a great loss for the people of California. Greg served for 18 years as the Secretary of the Senate, where he was elected by the membership under four successive Senate Presidents Pro Tempore. Senate leaders including myself came and went, but we counted on Greg to keep the wheels turning and create the environment that let us do our jobs. As Secretary of the Senate and CEO of the Senate Rules Committee, he was thoughtful, honorable, and always did the right thing for the people of California. Greg’s contribution to the Capitol and our state can’t be measured, and he will be missed.