Pelosi Appoints Major General William J. Walker First Black American to Serve as Sergeant-at-Arms of the U.S. House of Representatives

Major General William J. Walker

Speaker Nancy Pelosi today announced her appointment of Major General William J. Walker as House Sergeant-at-Arms, the first Black American to serve in this position.

General Walker served as the 23rd Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard, responsible for the strategic leadership, training, readiness, operational employment and performance of the Army and Air Force components of the DCNG.  General Walker oversaw the 113th Wing, F-16 Fighting Falcon, which secures the skies over the Nation’s Capital, and C-40 Clipper that transports members of Congress and other dignitaries.  As Chairman of the National Guard Bureau’s Joint Diversity Executive Council, General Walker improved joint force readiness by leveraging diversity and inclusion best practices to develop, and provide recommendations to National Guard senior leaders.  For 30 years, General Walker simultaneously served as a National Guardsmen and Special Agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  Promoted to the Senior Executive Service rank in 2003 and appointed a U.S. Intelligence Community, Senior Intelligence Officer in 2009, his final position was Deputy Assistant Administrator for Strategic Warning at DEA Headquarters.  General Walker was educated at the University of Illinois, Chicago (BA), Chicago State University (MS), the National Intelligence University (MS) and American University (MA).  

Pelosi said, “It is my honor to appoint District of Columbia National Guard Major General William J. Walker to serve as the 38th Sergeant-at-Arms for the House of Representatives,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “The role of Sergeant-at-Arms is foundational to the functioning of Congress.  Since the earliest days of our Founding, the Sergeant-at-Arms has been tasked with the essential responsibility of securing the People’s House and ensuring that it can continue to perform its solemn Constitutional duty: to serve the American people and advance our democracy.”
“Throughout his long, dedicated career in public service, General William Walker has proven to be a leader of great integrity and experience who will bring his steady and patriotic leadership to this vital role,” continued Speaker Pelosi.  “His historic appointment as the first Black American to serve as Sergeant-at-Arms is an important step forward for this institution and our nation.  General Walker has 39 years of decorated military experience, including as current Commanding General of the DC National Guard.  We are especially proud of his long-time career as a Special Agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, where he served in roles from Special Agent to Deputy Administrator SES-4.  His experience will be an important asset to the House, particularly in light of the January 6 insurrection.  It is essential that we work to strengthen our institution and keep our Capitol community, and all who visit, safe.” 

“All Members of Congress join in thanking Acting Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett for his service at this critical moment for the House and our nation,” said Speaker Pelosi.