Meet the New Senate Sergeant-at-Arms

Mitch McConnell announces SAA chief of staff Michael Stenger will take over

The incoming Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael C. Stenger, center, has been chief of staff to outgoing SAA Frank J. Larkin, left, since 2015. Also pictured, Deputy SAA James W. Morhard. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The next Senate sergeant-at-arms and doorkeeper is a familiar face with a distinguished law enforcement background.

Michael C. Stenger, who has most recently served as chief of staff to outgoing Sergeant-at-Arms Frank J. Larkin, will be taking over the office.

A Marine Corps veteran from New Jersey, Stenger spent 35 years in the Secret Service, rising through the leadership ranks after working protective details.

He came to the Senate in 2011 as assistant SAA for protective services and continuity.

He was elevated to serve as deputy under SAA Drew Willison, a longtime aide to former Democratic leader Harry Reid, who did not have the same law enforcement credentials of many recent occupants of the office.

“I appreciate Mike stepping up to this critical role,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said of Stenger. “He is extremely well-qualified and will continue to serve the Senate and our nation well.”

The sergeant-at-arms oversees a host of Senate functions from security to information technology services. The Senate-elected position is effectively appointed by the majority leader. 

During the early part of his Senate career, Stenger was tasked by the Capitol Police Board with leading the fact review team for the Capitol Police response to the 2013 Navy Yard shooting, including the early reports of a “stand down” order.

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