If Rep. John M. Perzel keeps the gavel, he'll wield it without his top aide at his side.
Brian Preski, who has been with Perzel since 2000, is departing as his chief of staff come Friday to become a partner at the lawfirm of Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen LLP in Philadelphia.
The two were seemingly inseparable. Where Perzel went, there was Preski, whether it was at the Speaker's rostrum, the Super Bowl, trips to Vegas, Italy or China.
Preski, a former assistant district attorney in Philadelphia who many consider one of the hardest working aides in Harrisburg, will retain his job as the Chairman of the Philadelphia Port Authority.
No word yet on his replacement.