Congress

House and Senate building superintendents placed on administrative leave

The high ranking Architect of the Capitol employees are under investigation

The House and Senate building superintendents, who work under acting Architect of the Capitol Christine Merdron, picture here, have been put on leave, pending an investigation into inappropriate emails. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two high ranking Architect of the Capitol employees charged with leading all operations of the House and Senate office buildings have been placed on administrative leave, an AOC spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

House Building Superintendent Bill Weidemeyer and Senate Building Superintendent Takis Tzamaras were placed on leave pending an investigation into inappropriate emails. Weidemeyer and Tzamaras both report to acting Architect of the Capitol Christine Merdon, who took the helm of the agency in late November 2018 after Stephen T. Ayers retired.

Illinois Republican Rodney Davis, ranking member of the House Administration Committee is aware of the situation.

“I will continue to advocate for a safe work environment for all who work in the Legislative Branch. Though we await the outcome of this pending investigation, I expect the acting Architect of the Capitol to take swift disciplinary action should any employee be found of wrongdoing,” he told Roll Call in a statement. 

Weidemeyer is in charge of the Cannon, Ford, Longworth, Rayburn and O’Neill House Office Buildings, underground garages and subways. He  joined the AOC in 2000 and was appointed to his current role in 2008. Tzamaras leads the Senate jurisdiction, including the Russell, Dirksen and Hart Senate Office Buildings, subway systems and the Senate congressional page school and dormitory.  He's been with the AOC since 2002 and has been the Senate building superintendent since 2014. 

A Roll Call inquiry to Weidemeyer received an automated out-of-office response. Emails to Tzamaras were not answered. 

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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