HR 743 - The Protect and Serve Act

Representative John H. Rutherford [R-FL 4] introduced HR 3079 - The Protect and Serve Act - on May 11, 2021. Its companion bill, S. 774, was introduced to the Senate by Senator Thomas Tillis [R-NC] on March 16, 2021.

On February 2, 2023, Representative Rutherford reintroduced the bill as HR 743. There is no companion bill in the Senate.

 These bills establish a new federal criminal offense for knowingly assaulting a law enforcement officer and causing serious bodily injury (or attempting to do so) in circumstances that affect interstate commerce. It imposes criminal penalties - a prison term, a fine, or both - on a violator. 


Letter of endorsement to Representative Rutherford from Society President Dennis M. Lormel


List of Representatives who are current co-sponsors of HR 743 (118th Congress, 2023-2024) as of April 11, 2023

  1. Cosponsor Date Cosponsored
    Rep. Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ-5]* 02/02/2023
    Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21]* 02/02/2023
    Rep. Golden, Jared F. [D-ME-2]* 02/02/2023
    Rep. Stauber, Pete [R-MN-8]* 02/02/2023
    Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2]* 02/02/2023
    Rep. Van Drew, Jefferson [R-NJ-2] 02/21/2023
    Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] 02/21/2023
    Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-41] 02/21/2023
    Rep. Finstad, Brad [R-MN-1] 02/21/2023
    Rep. LaHood, Darin [R-IL-16] 02/21/2023
    Rep. Kean, Thomas H. [R-NJ-7] 02/21/2023
    Rep. Meuser, Daniel [R-PA-9] 02/21/2023
    Rep. LaLota, Nick [R-NY-1] 02/28/2023
      * = Original cosponsor



List of Representatives who were co-sponsors of HR 3079 (117th Congress, 2021-2022)

Cosponsor Date Cosponsored
Rep. Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ-5]* 05/11/2021
Rep. Stauber, Pete [R-MN-8] 05/13/2021
Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1] 05/13/2021
Rep. Gooden, Lance [R-TX-5] 05/13/2021
Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5] 05/13/2021
Rep. Carl, Jerry L. [R-AL-1] 05/13/2021
Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3] 05/13/2021
Rep. Bucshon, Larry [R-IN-8] 05/13/2021
Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2] 05/13/2021
Rep. Meuser, Daniel [R-PA-9] 05/13/2021
Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] 05/13/2021
Rep. Wittman, Robert J. [R-VA-1] 05/13/2021
Rep. McHenry, Patrick T. [R-NC-10] 05/13/2021
Rep. Joyce, David P. [R-OH-14] 05/13/2021
Rep. Reschenthaler, Guy [R-PA-14] 05/13/2021
Rep. Graves, Garret [R-LA-6] 05/13/2021
Rep. Foxx, Virginia [R-NC-5] 05/13/2021
Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] 05/13/2021
Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21] 05/13/2021
Rep. Lamb, Conor [D-PA-17] 05/13/2021
Rep. Allen, Rick W. [R-GA-12] 05/13/2021
Rep. Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2] 05/13/2021
Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-1] 05/17/2021
Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1] 05/17/2021
Rep. Garcia, Mike [R-CA-25] 05/17/2021
Rep. Duncan, Jeff [R-SC-3] 05/17/2021
Rep. Harris, Andy [R-MD-1] 05/17/2021
Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] 05/17/2021
Rep. Van Drew, Jefferson [R-NJ-2] 05/17/2021
Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] 05/17/2021
Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3] 05/17/2021
Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] 05/21/2021
Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] 05/21/2021
Rep. Taylor, Van [R-TX-3] 05/28/2021
Rep. Lesko, Debbie [R-AZ-8] 06/22/2021
Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2] 07/09/2021
Rep. Golden, Jared F. [D-ME-2] 07/09/2021
Rep. Diaz-Balart, Mario [R-FL-25] 07/21/2021
Rep. Letlow, Julia [R-LA-5] 08/27/2021
Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24] 08/27/2021
Rep. Garbarino, Andrew R. [R-NY-2] 08/27/2021
Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] 09/14/2021
Rep. Kim, Andy [D-NJ-3] 09/23/2021
Rep. Obernolte, Jay [R-CA-8] 09/23/2021
Rep. Fischbach, Michelle [R-MN-7] 09/27/2021
Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] 10/12/2021
Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25] 10/20/2021
Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] 10/20/2021
Rep. Herrera Beutler, Jaime [R-WA-3] 11/16/2021
Rep. Steil, Bryan [R-WI-1] 01/13/2022
Rep. Banks, Jim [R-IN-3] 01/25/2022
Rep. Pence, Greg [R-IN-6] 02/02/2022
Rep. Kustoff, David [R-TN-8] 02/02/2022
Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2] 02/03/2022
Rep. Mast, Brian J. [R-FL-18] 02/03/2022
Rep. Carey, Mike [R-OH-15] 02/03/2022
Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7] 02/03/2022
Rep. LaTurner, Jake [R-KS-2] 02/03/2022
Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] 02/07/2022
Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13] 02/07/2022
Rep. LaHood, Darin [R-IL-18] 02/07/2022
Rep. Norman, Ralph [R-SC-5] 02/07/2022
Rep. Gimenez, Carlos A. [R-FL-26] 02/08/2022
Rep. Murphy, Stephanie N. [D-FL-7] 02/08/2022
Rep. Miller-Meeks, Mariannette [R-IA-2] 02/09/2022
Rep. Keller, Fred [R-PA-12] 02/15/2022
Rep. Guest, Michael [R-MS-3] 02/15/2022
Rep. Jacobs, Chris [R-NY-27] 02/28/2022
Rep. Moolenaar, John R. [R-MI-4] 02/28/2022
Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42] 03/07/2022
Rep. Walberg, Tim [R-MI-7] 03/08/2022
Rep. Simpson, Michael K. [R-ID-2] 03/11/2022
Rep. Timmons, William R. IV [R-SC-4] 03/29/2022
Rep. Graves, Sam [R-MO-6] 05/11/2022
Rep. Malliotakis, Nicole [R-NY-11] 05/11/2022
Rep. Van Duyne, Beth [R-TX-24] 05/11/2022
Rep. Comer, James [R-KY-1] 05/12/2022
Rep. Miller, Mary E. [R-IL-15] 05/12/2022
Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] 05/12/2022
Rep. Rogers, Mike D. [R-AL-3] 05/12/2022
Rep. Nehls, Troy E. [R-TX-22] 05/12/2022
Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] 05/12/2022
Rep. Franklin, C. Scott [R-FL-15] 05/16/2022
Rep. Bacon, Don [R-NE-2] 05/16/2022
Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2] 05/19/2022
Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-16] 06/03/2022
Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13] 06/17/2022
Rep. Craig, Angie [D-MN-2] 08/12/2022
Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5] 08/26/2022
Rep. Finstad, Brad [R-MN-1] 11/16/2022
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-17] 12/13/2022
  * = Original cosponsor