Although Boehner will have the deciding voice in naming Livingood’s successor, neither his nor Pelosi’s staffs indicated what the selection process would look like.
Few lawmakers and staffers have been on Capitol Hill long enough to recall what was involved in naming Livingood to the post 16 years earlier. But today, members of the House Administration Committee, which oversees campus security, told Roll Call that they expected to weigh in on Boehner’s pick.
Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, which funds Capitol Hill operations including the security budget, also said he hopes to be consulted, along with chairman Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.).
“I would hope that Speaker Boehner will ask for our input,” Honda said, “and I think the full job description should be put out so people have a chance to at least compete for [the job], and it should be kind of a neutral pick that is not political but about getting the person who has the skills and knowledge and the vision for this job.”
Whoever it is, Harper said, “that person has mighty big shoes to fill.”
Clarification: Dec. 1, 2011
An earlier version of this story was unclear about how Bill Livingood’s number of years as House Sergeant-at-Arms compares with previous Sergeants-at-Arms.