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What is the history of The Sergeant at Arms?

(From The Office of the Clerk of the House)

An officer of the House whose history extends back to the First Congress, the Sergeant at Arms is the chamber’s principal law enforcement official, charged with maintaining security on the floor and for the House side of the Capitol complex. The modern Sergeant at Arms serves on the Capitol Police Board and the Capitol Guide Board along with the Senate Sergeant at Arms and the Architect of the Capitol. A total of 35 individuals have served as the House Sergeant at Arms since 1789.

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