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Terrance Gainer: Back on the beat.

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Terry Gainer is back on the beat.

Senate Democrats, organizing their new majority control of the chamber, on Tuesday picked Gainer, former chief of the Illinois State Police to be the sergeant of arms.

Gainer came to Washington from Illinois in 1998 to be second in command on the Washington D.C. police force. He was recruited by former Chicago cop Charles Ramsey, who runs the D.C. department.

Gainer jumped from there to become the U.S. Capitol police chief. He left in a flap over his son-in-law joining the force.

Bio note: A former Chicago police officer and lawyer, Gainer was the 1988 Republican nominee for Cook County state's attorney, losing to the then-incumbent, Richard M. Daley.

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