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Coleman smiled at the memory of Huntsman. "I fed him peanut butter sandwiches without the crusts," she said.
Coleman knows the orders for many who roll through the 45-day session. For Dale Cox, president of the Utah AFL-CIO, it’s sloppy Joes. Gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian loves the taco salad. She said Gov. Gary Herbert likes mixed tater tots, cheeseburger and fries.
By the numbers
What’s consumed in the 45-day legislative session:
» 30,000 meals
» 3,472 boxed lunches
» 2,232 bagels
» 2,100 pounds of tater tots
» 1,500 pounds of chicken
» 500 pounds of cheese
» 450 pizzas
» 60 gallons of fry sauce
By the time she gets home, Coleman said she’s usually asleep by 8 p.m. — unless she takes time out to go bowling, her favorite activity.
"Sometimes we have school buses and kids coming in — they wear me out so bad, I don’t want to take a nap when I get home, but I do," she said with a laugh. "I just sit on the couch and fall right asleep."
But then it’s back up and at the Capitol at 5:45 a.m. making sausage and hash browns for the 8 a.m. rush.
Five days a week — hard-selling lemon chicken to indecisive faces or joking with lawmakers and smiling. Always smiling.
"I just try to throw out that spirit and spark," she said. "And hope it catches."
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