Former Senate Sergeant-at-arms on January 6 dies at 71 of natural causes

The cause of death for the Senate’s Sergeant-of-Arms in charge of security on Jan. 6 has been revealed.

Michael Stenger, 71, died of natural causes, according to a report by the Washington Post.

A leader for three decades

“Stenger had served in the role as the sergeant-at-arms of the Senate since 2018 and had previously worked for the U.S. Secret Service for more than three decades,” the report noted.

“Sen. Mitch McConnell, who was majority leader at the time, requested Stenger’s resignation the day after the pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol. The Senate’s top Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer, had vowed that he would fire Stenger when he became Senate majority leader later in the month,” it added.

A major loss

Stenger’s death was not considered suspicious, according to NBC News.

“Stenger spent much of his career working for the Secret Service before he joined the Senate as an assistant sergeant-at-arms in 2011.

“He also served in the Marine Corps, attaining the rank of captain,” the outlet reported.

Stenger had testified regarding security issues on Jan. 6 and was a key person in charge of security during the Capitol riot.

He has now passed, with the issues related to Jan. 6 still being investigated by the House select committee ahead of November midterms that could be disastrous for Democrats following two years of struggles under President Joe Biden.

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