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No flowery speech from Assemblyman Jeff Gorell today as he returned to the Capitol after a yearlong deployment to the war in Afghanistan.

After leading the Assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance, the Camarillo Republican was called upon to address his colleagues.

"Did I miss anything while I was gone? The Capitol press corps tells me no," he quipped.

A framed photo of Gorell in military fatigues, signed by Assembly colleagues, had been presented to him earlier as a welcome-home gift.

"I get to come back to the best job in the world and to work with some of the best people in the world," Gorell said.

"Now let's get back to work."

Gorell, 41, was joined on the Assembly floor by his wife, Laura.

A lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve, Gorell served in Afghanistan as an intelligence officer stationed with Marines at Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand province.



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