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Sergeant at Arms Bill Pickle

Sergeant at Arms

Bill Pickle, sworn in as the 37th United States Senate Sergeant at Arms, on March 17, 2003, has devoted his life to public service, and in particular to ensuring the security of the institutions of the United States.  Mr. Pickle is well aware of the need to balance ensuring the security of the institution with maintaining a free and open government, and developing an organization that supports that balance.  

Immediately prior to coming to the Senate, Mr. Pickle served as the Transportation Security Administration's first Federal Security Director with oversight for the federalization of Denver International Airport.  In this position, he created a new organization of 2000 employees that effectively balanced the security needs of the public with the need for the airport to run efficiently.  Prior to this, he served as Deputy Inspector General for the Department of Labor, managing a communications, inspections and evaluations program.  

The bulk of Mr. Pickle's service, though, was with the Secret Service, where he moved up through the ranks over 26 years.    Mr. Pickle was Deputy Assistant Director for Human Resources and Training, and Special Agent in Charge of the Vice Presidential Protective Division.  

As Deputy Assistant Director for Human Resources and Training, Mr. Pickle provided leadership in human resources, training and personnel issues related to the agency.  He was responsible for all Secret Service Training, including Protective Detail Training, firearms training and physical training.  

In his role as Special Agent in Charge of the Vice Presidential Protective Division, one of the largest divisions of the Secret Service, he was responsible for all aspects of protection of the Vice President and his family.  In this role, Mr. Pickle maintained daily contact with Vice President Gore and Senior White House Staff and coordinated all aspects of security for the Vice President's 2000 Presidential Campaign.

In 2002, Mr. Pickle was one of only two finalists the President considered to hold the position of Director of the Secret Service.

Mr. Pickle served with the first Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 as an infantry sergeant and Medevac helicopter door gunner. Among his commendations are a Bronze Star, seven Air Medals, a Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.  

He attended American University and Metro State College in Denver, and holds a degree in political science. Mr. Pickle is married and has two children.