House Elects 36th Sergeant at Arms

2011 State of the Union Address
Speaker John Boehner and Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Irving

The U.S. House of Representatives elected Paul D. Irving, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service, to serve as the 36th Sergeant at Arms on January 17, 2012, the opening day of the second session of the 112th Congress.

House Speaker John Boehner nominated Mr. Irving for his “high level federal law enforcement experience,” which includes service in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Los Angeles field office, as well as several field and senior administrative positions in the Secret Service. Mr. Irving succeeds Wilson “Bill” Livingood, who also served in the Secret Service and is retiring after 17 years of service to the House.

The chamber’s chief law enforcement official, the House Sergeant at Arms is responsible for maintaining security on the House Floor and the House side of the U.S. Capitol Complex.