Michael C. Stenger was sworn in on April 16, 2018, as the 41st United States Senate Sergeant at Arms.
As chief law enforcement and executive officer of the Senate, the Sergeant at Arms (SAA) enforces rules of the Senate; provides a range of technical and administrative services to Senators in their Washington, D.C., and state offices; and maintains security in the Capitol and Senate office buildings. The SAA organization is comprised of more than 800 personnel.
Michael C. Stenger served as the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms from January 2015. Mr. Stenger began working for the Senate Sergeant at Arms in 2011, serving as Assistant Sergeant at Arms for the Office of Protective Services and Continuity until his appointment as Deputy Sergeant at Arms in May 2014.
As Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Mr. Stenger was charged with overseeing security and continuity of operations policies and programs, and providing strategic and analytical assistance. Mr. Stenger was a 35-year veteran of the United States Secret Service (USSS), appointed in 2008 as Assistant Director for the USSS Office of Government and Public Affairs, where he administered USSS liaison activities with the United States Congress, Department of Homeland Security, other federal agencies, and members of the media and general public.
During his career with the USSS, he served in Newark, New York City, and Washington, D.C., in protective, investigative, and staff assignments. Mr. Stenger served as the senior official overseeing the agency’s investigations as Assistant Director for the Office of Investigations. In this capacity, he developed and implemented investigative policies for cyber- and fraud-related crimes. He also served as Assistant Director of the Office of Protective Research, Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office, Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Investigations, and Special Agent in Charge of the Financial Crimes Division.
Mr. Stenger was selected in 2004 as a Presidential Meritorious Rank Award recipient. He has also received the Vice President’s Award for Excellence in Financial Crimes Management and the Department of the Treasury Secretary’s Annual Award for Outstanding Performance in the Area of Financial Crimes.
Mr. Stenger received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and attained the rank of Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.