Timothy P. Blodgett was sworn in as Acting Sergeant at Arms on January 12, 2021, during the 1st session of the 117th Congress. Mr. Blodgett was born in Rochester, N.Y. on June 16, 1966, and resides in Virginia with his wife Susan and their sons Jackson and Declan.
Mr. Blodgett attended Buffalo State College earning a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Political Science and Philosophy 1988 and attended the Washington College of Law at American University earning a J.D. degree in 1992.
Mr. Blodgett was admitted in the State of New York, the District of Columbia, the Western District of New York, and the Supreme Court bars. Mr. Blodgett clerked for Associate Chief Administrative Law Judge G. Marvin Bober and the Department of Labor and worked primarily on compensation issues involving Black Lung and Asbestosis from 1991-1993. Mr. Blodgett was then hired as an associate for Harris, Chesworth, and O’Brien concentrating on labor and employment and municipal issues involving law enforcement agencies from 1994-2000. Mr. Blodgett then worked as an associate for Krukowski and Costello in Washington, D.C. concentrating on labor and employment matters from 2000-2002.
Mr. Blodgett began his career on Capitol Hill as a senior attorney and Administrative Counsel for the Chief Administrative Officer of the House from 2002-2009. He began with the Office of the Sergeant at Arms as Counsel and served as Deputy from 2009 to 2021.
As an elected officer of the House of Representatives, the Sergeant at Arms is the chief law enforcement and protocol officer of the House of Representatives and is responsible for maintaining order in the House side of the United States Capitol complex. The Sergeant at Arms reviews and implements all issues relating to the safety and security of Members of Congress and the Capitol complex. The Sergeant at Arms also coordinates extensively with the U.S. Capitol Police and various intelligence agencies to assess threats against Members of Congress and the Capitol complex.
Duties include overseeing the House floor and galleries, the House Appointments Desk, the House garages and parking lots, as well as administering all staff identification badges.
The following divisions comprise the Office of the Sergeant at Arms:
- Immediate Office/Member Support
- Protocol and Chamber Operations
- House Garages & Parking Security
- Information Services
- Identification Services
- Police Services/Law Enforcement
- House Security
- Emergency Management
Learn more about the past and present Sergeants at Arms on the History, Art & Archives website.
Contact information for the Office of the Sergeant at Arms:
Room H-124 US Capitol
Internal Website for the Office of the Sergeant at Arms:
The Office of the Sergeant at Arms maintains an internal website that is only accessible from inside the House campus.