Alfonso E. Lenhardt was elected and sworn in as the 36th Sergeant at Arms of the Senate on September 4, 2001.
Before his appointment as the Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate, Lenhardt served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Council on Foundations. Lenhardt retired from the U.S. Army as a Major General with more than 31 years of service in leadership and management positions. His last position with the Army was Commanding General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, at Ft. Knox Kentucky, where he managed and directed an organization of more than 13,000 people located in over 1,800 separate locations. He has also managed a major Army installation consisting of 130,000 acres of training areas, administrative and logistical facilities, and support operations for over 23,000 civilian employees, military retirees, soldiers and family members. He also served as the senior military police officer for all police operations and security matters throughout the Army's worldwide sphere of influence. Lenhardt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science degree in the Administration of Justice from Wichita State University. He also completed post-graduate studies at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the University of Michigan Executive Business School. Lenhardt has been active in public service and served as a member of the executive council for the Boy Scouts of America (Atlanta, Georgia and Choccolocco County, Alabama), the American Red Cross (Atlanta, Georgia), the Kentucky State Governor's Military Affairs Committee, the Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington, D.C., the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, and the Advisory Committee for the National Office on Philanthropy and the Black Church Project.
Born in New York City, Lenhardt has been married to Jacqueline (Jackie) Lenhardt since 1965. They have three daughters, Robin Lenhardt, Esq., Tracey Lenhardt Duckett, Esq., and Dr. Kimberly Lenhardt, M.D. They have one grandson, Olly Christopher Duckett III and one son-in-law, Dr. Olly Christopher Duckett II, M.D.