The Honorable William J. Walker was sworn in as Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives on April 26, 2021. He is the thirty-eighth person to hold this post since the House of Representatives first met in New York City in 1789. Prior to this, Major General Walker was the 23rd Commanding General of the District of Columbia Army and Air Force National Guard.
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.