House Speaker John A. Boehner said Monday he will nominate former Secret Service official Paul D. Irving as the chamber’s 37th sergeant at arms.
Mr. Irving, if his nomination is approved, would replace House Sergeant at Arms William “Bill” Livingood, who will retire in January after 17 years as the chamber’s chief law enforcement.
A vote on Mr. Irving’s nomination is scheduled for Jan. 17 — the opening day of the second session of the 112th Congress.
“Paul Irving’s 25-year career in the U.S. Secret Service earned him the strongest possible recommendations for this important post,” said Mr. Boehner in a prepared statement. “His high level federal law enforcement experience, including a number of assignments working closely with the Congress, will be invaluable to the House.”
Mr. Irving, 54, joined the Secret Service as a special agent in 1983. He rose to a supervisory position on the Presidential Protective Division and served as deputy assistant director for congressional affairs, and assistant director for government and public affairs.
In 2003 he was detailed to the White House as a core member of the transition team responsible for assembling the Homeland Security Department. He retired from the Secret Service in 2008 as assistant director for administration, a position responsible for overseeing the agency’s budget.
The House sergeant at arms, along with its Senate counterpart, oversees the U.S. Capitol Police and is responsible for the safety and security of all lawmakers, congressional staff and visitors to the Capitol complex. The position holder also serves as the House’s chief protocol officer.
Mr. Livingood’s tenure as Sergeant at Arms has included the 1998 shootings of two Capitol Police officers, the terrorist attacks of September 11, the deadly anthrax release on Capitol Hill and the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona earlier this year.