Capitol Alert

California senators, in ties and jackets, do 22 push-ups for veterans

Heated debates. Celebrity visits. Many things happen on the floor of the California Senate – but rarely so literally.

On Thursday morning, Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, got down on the red carpet to kick off his push-up challenge raising awareness for veterans’ suicides.

Called out on Facebook by a friend from Boston, Glazer has pledged to do 22 push-ups daily for the next 22 days, in honor of the number of U.S. veterans who kill themselves on average each day. The challenge was launched in 2013 by the group 22Kill, which also aims to improve mental health services and other programs for veterans.

Glazer was joined by at least nine of his fellow senators, lining up along the center aisle of the Senate chambers for the inaugural set. Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, did not even remove his jacket for the push-ups.

Propelled by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, who kept count at a rapid pace, the members finished exhausted, but excited, to a round of applause from onlookers and water bottles from Glazer’s chief of staff.

“I really appreciate the support of my colleagues,” Glazer said. He plans to take the challenge to the army base Camp Parks in Dublin in the coming weeks.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff