Senators give standing ovation for Officer Goodman, will award him Congressional Gold Medal

The Senate has voted to give the Congressional Gold Medal to Eugene Goodman, a Capitol Police officer who led a violent mob away from the Senate doors on January 6 as they hunted for lawmakers during the presidential electoral count.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the vote at the end of the day’s impeachment proceedings, noting Goodman’s ‘foresight in the midst of chaos, and his willingness to make himself a target of the mob’s rage so that others might reach safety.’

The Senate voted to award Goodman the medal – the highest honor Congress can bestow – by unanimous consent. 

Goodman, 40, has also been promoted to Acting Deputy House Sergeant-at-Arms. 

Goodman was in the Senate chamber as Schumer spoke, and the entire Senate stood and turned toward him, giving him a standing ovation. 

He put his hand on his heart.

Goodman has been in the chamber for much of the impeachment trial, in which House Democrats are charging that former President Donald Trump incited the January 6 insurrection.