Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has appointed Gen. William J. Walker, commanding common of the D.C Nationwide Guard, to function the following Home sergeant-at-arms. Walker — a adorned veteran guardsman and former particular agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration — is the primary Black particular person to carry the submit, which is answerable for sustaining regulation and order within the Home.
Asserting the appointment on Friday, Pelosi famous Walker’s “lengthy, devoted profession in public service.”
“Normal William Walker has confirmed to be a frontrunner of nice integrity and expertise who will carry his regular and patriotic management to this very important position,” Pelosi mentioned.
“His historic appointment as the primary Black American to function Sergeant-at-Arms is a crucial step ahead for this establishment and our nation,” she added.
Walker succeeds Paul D. Irving, who resigned as sergeant-at-arms on Jan. 7, a day after pro-Trump insurrectionists violently stormed the U.S. Capitol. A couple of days after Irving’s resignation, Timothy P. Blodgett was sworn in because the appearing sergeant-at-arms.
Walker has been vocal in his criticism of Pentagon management over their dealing with of the riot. He mentioned the Pentagon restricted his authority forward of the rebellion, which he mentioned led to pointless delays within the dispatching of D.C. Guard troops.
Walker’s historic appointment is one among many current firsts within the U.S. authorities. Earlier this month, the Senate confirmed Deb Haaland, a member of New Mexico’s Pueblo of Laguna, as inside secretary, making her the primary Native American Cupboard secretary in U.S. historical past.
The Senate additionally confirmed Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant secretary for well being within the Division of Well being and Human Companies. Levine is the primary overtly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the chamber.
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