Michael Stenger, Senate Sergeant-at-Arms on January 6, Reported Dead

Michael Stenger, the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms during the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot that saw the Senate chamber occupied by protesters, is reported by Hill reporters to have died. A cause of death has not been reported.

Then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) asked for and received Stenger’s resignation the day after the riot.

Politico’s Katherine Tully-McManus broke the news of Stenger’s passing Monday afternoon, “Former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger died this morning. He joined the SAA team in 2011 after a career with the Secret Service and was appointed SAA in 2018.”

Fox News’ Chad Pergram confirmed the news Monday evening, “Fox confirms that Michael Stenger, the Senate Sergeant at Arms who was in charge of Senate security the day of the Capitol riot, has died.”

Stenger testified before a joint hearing of the Senate Rules and Homeland Security Committees on February 23.

Stenger was a Marine Corps veteran who served 35 years in the Secret Service before joining the office of the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms in 2011. He was nominated by McConnell to be the Senate’s 41st Sergeant-at-Arms in 2018.


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