Livingood to Be Renominated as House Sergeant-at-Arms

Posted December 14, 2010 at 3:22pm

Updated: 9:41 p.m.

Speaker-designate John Boehner announced Tuesday that he will nominate House Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood for a ninth term when the GOP takes control of the House next year.

“Bill Livingood has long been a disciplined and respected guardian of the U.S. Capitol and all who pass through these halls,” the Ohio Republican said in a statement. “I’m pleased that we can continue to count on his leadership of the dedicated professionals under his direction.”

Livingood has been the House’s chief law enforcement officer since 1995, and the House is expected to approve the nomination. He was first nominated by then-Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and has enjoyed the distinction of being renominated by Speakers of both parties, winning nods from Gingrich’s successor as Speaker, Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), and current Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“Sergeant at Arms Bill Livingood has been a dedicated public servant and a House official of great patriotism,” Pelosi said in a statement Tuesday. “Serving under both parties, he has worked on behalf of the House and all its Members in an impartial way, and with the highest standards of excellence.”

Livingood said he is “deeply honored by the confidence that Speaker-designate Boehner has placed in me.”

“I made the same pledge to him that I have made to his predecessors: nothing will ever be more important to me — or to the outstanding men and women on my team — than protecting Members of Congress and all those who serve here in the nation’s Capitol,” he said in a statement.

Livingood also serves on the Capitol Police Board with Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer. The three-member board oversees the Capitol’s police department.

Gainer said in an interview that he has a good relationship with Livingood that transcends partisan politics in the pursuit of keeping the Capitol safe.

“From a management perspective, we have a strong relationship with the House,” he said, adding that their motto is, “You elect ’em, we protect ’em.”