Michael Stenger, the former US Senate sergent-at-arms in charge of security during the January 6, 2021 US Capitol breach, died on Monday at the age of 71. The cause and circumstances of his death were not immediately clear.
A resident of Falls Church, VA, Stenger resigned the day after the J6 riot at the request of then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had originally hired Stenger for the post in 2018.
Stenger was responsible for security in the Capitol and all Senate buildings, and serves as the Senate doorkeeper.
Senger’s death was reported by ‘ Chad Pergram on Monday, and tweeted by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who said that he was “found dead today.”
Michael Stenger, Senate Sergeant at Arms on January 6th, was found dead today.. pic.twitter.com/9upvUwrdtl
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) June 28, 2022
According to former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, Stenger and former House Seargeant-at-Arms Paul Irving pushed back on an initial request to deploy the National Guard after it became obvious that large crowds were amassing on Jan. 6.
Stenger’s death came one day before a J6 panel hearing that was abruptly added to the schedule, in which an aide to former White House Chief-of-Staff Mark Meadows will testify to present “recently obtained evidence and receive witness testimony.”
Stenger said that the J6 riot went “well beyond disobedience.”