Before Walker can start as sergeant-at-arms of the House, the House must hold a majority vote to confirm his nomination by the speaker.
“It is an honor for me to appoint Major General William J. Walker of the District of Columbia National Guard to serve as the 38th Weapons Sergeant of the House of Representatives,” Pelosi said in a statement.
“Throughout his long, devoted career in public service, General William Walker has proven to be a leader with great integrity and experience who will bring his steadfast and patriotic leadership into this critical role,” said Pelosi, adding, “the first black American to become a leader. served as Sergeant-at-Arms is an important step forward for this institution and our nation. ”
The appointment comes in the aftermath of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, with Pelosi noting in her statement that “His experience will be a significant asset to the House, especially in light of the January 6 uprising. that we work to strengthen our institution and keep our Capitol community, and everyone who visits, safe. ”
After rioters stormed the Capitol, Pelosi demanded the resignation of Paul Irving, who previously held the position. In the meantime, Paul Blodgett has served as the acting sergeant-at-arms.
According to a DC National Guard biography of Walker, he has overseen a number of key priorities, including taking responsibility “ for the strategic leadership, training, readiness, operational employment and performance of the military and air force components of the District of Columbia National Guard. . ”
A handful of states and the District of Columbia mobilized thousands of National Guard members to provide security to the city of Washington after the deadly riot at the Capitol.
This story was updated Friday with additional developments.