For the first time in its 202-year history, the Senate will have a woman sergeant-at-arms.

Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, following his party's organizational caucus Tuesday, announced the appointment of Martha Pope to succeed Henry Giugni in the powerful job.The sergeant-at-arms oversees a vast pool of patronage jobs, the Senate's doorkeepers, police and support services for staff. In rare instances, the sergeant-at-arms also is required to arrest senators who fail to respond to roll calls in the Senate chamber, and bring them to the floor to vote.

Pope had been Mitchell's chief of staff.

Mitchell nominated her to the post and she was elected by acclamation by the Democratic caucus. Pope must still be elected by a resolution by the full Senate in January.