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Kidney.jpgFuneral services for former Assembly Chief Clerk R. Brian Kidney are planned Thursday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Sacramento.

Mr. Kidney, a longtime Sacramentan, died Dec. 22 from injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was 82.

Mr. Kidney served for 28 years as an Assembly employee, including four years as chief clerk and parliamentarian under then-Speaker Willie L. Brown. His resume included stints in the Assembly's engrossing and enrolling department, and as assistant chief clerk.

After his retirement from the Assembly in 1991, Mr. Kidney served as a parliamentary consultant to governments in Hungary, Malawi, Namibia and South Africa. He also worked as a lobbyist for the Gualco Group.

A native of San Mateo, Mr. Kidney earned an undergraduate degree in Russian history from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in government studies from the University of San Francisco.

He is survived by a sister, Brenna Quebbemann, of Newport Beach, and by two nephews and two nieces.

Mr. Kidney's funeral Mass is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Ignatius, 3235 Arden Way. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Father Leo McAllister Scholarship Fund, care of the Sacramento Regional Community Foundation, 955 University Ave., Suite A., Sacramento, CA 95825.

PHOTO CREDIT: Court of Appeals Justice Ronald Robie, left, chats with retired Chief Clerk Brian Kidney during a April 1, 2008 Assembly floor ceremony. Photo courtesy California State Assembly


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