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Madison woman lands prestigious position on U.S. Senate floor

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The next time you turn on C-SPAN or see video from our nation's Senate, keep an eye out for a familiar face.

Allison Markoski is a lawyer with a nontraditional career path that includes lots of nonpartisan work. Markoski has served the state of Wisconsin at the Department of Public Instruction, the Department of Corrections, and UW-Madison. Soon, she'll be serving the nation as one of the few Parliamentarians of the U.S. Senate.

You probably never learned about parliamentarians in school... they're some of the only nonpartisan employees on Capitol Hill. Their job is to sit on the Senate floor at the marble desk up front and advise senators on all the rules so they can make decisions.

Markoski will be working for the first female Head Parliamentarian. She'll be entering a world Politico calls “a male-dominated fraternity that appears almost like a cult to the women who enter.”

It's an honor she doesn't take lightly. “That's a really big deal, especially in these types of higher-level roles,” said Markoski. “There's only 20 women senators. And then to have a female parliamentarian, just shows you yeah, I could do that. I could be in that position."

When Markoski starts her new position in August, she'll bring with her a little piece of Madison. She promises to wear her earrings with the famed sunburst design from the UW Union Terrace on the Senate floor.

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