Office Location

State House, Room 318
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3315

Sergeant-at-Arms

JB Cullen
JB Cullen

Staff

JB Cullen, House Sergeant-at-Arms

Description

History of the Sergeant-at-Arms

Sergeants-at-Arms have been a part of parliamentary history since 1279 when Edward I of Britain formed a bodyguard of 20 Sergeants-at-Arms. The Sergeant-at-Arms was an armed officer of a lord and was often one of a special body required to be in immediate attendance on the king's person, to arrest traitors and other offenders. A Sergeant-at-Arms is an officer of a legislative body who preserves order and executes commands.

The Sergeant-at-Arms as an officer of the House

The Sergeant-at-Arms is elected by the House members at the beginning of each biennium. The Sergeant-at-Arms is charged with the duty of maintaining order and decorum along with overseeing and managing the security of the House while in session or in committee hearings. The Sergeant-at-Arms office serves as a liaison with Protective Services and New Hampshire State Police in providing security for House meeting areas. The Sergeant-at-Arms may be requested by the Speaker to locate and escort members to the Chamber for a roll call vote.

Additional Responsibilities

The Sergeant-at-Arms' office is non-partisan and houses copies of House and Senate bills as well as other legislative documents. The office also provides services to members for mail delivery, lockers, photocopying, news clips and office supplies.

Staff

The Sergeant-at-Arms' staff consists of two full-time employees located on the third floor in the State House. During the session, the staff increases to include four doorkeepers and pages to assist members in the House chamber by obtaining copies of bills or other legislative materials and delivering messages from the public or other members. They also assist in preparing for a daily session, as well as passing out amendments and other material during debate.