Gainer Leaving as Senate Sergeant at Arms

Law-enforcement veteran served longer in that post since anyone since World War II.

Terry Gainer, Senate Sergeant At Arms
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Billy House
March 20, 2014, 1:10 p.m.

Sen­ate Ser­geant at Arms Terry Gain­er will be leav­ing this spring, hav­ing served longer in that post than any­one since World War II.

Drew Wil­lis­on, the cur­rent deputy ser­geant at arms, will re­place Gain­er. He has spent most of the last sev­en years as Gain­er’s deputy and many years as a seni­or staffer on the Sen­ate Ap­pro­pri­ations Com­mit­tee.

The an­nounce­ment came Thursday from Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id, who noted that Gain­er, 66, served as chief of the Cap­it­ol Po­lice pri­or to be­com­ing ser­geant at arms in 2007.

An Illinois nat­ive, Gain­er’s ca­reer pri­or to Wash­ing­ton in­cluded an un­suc­cess­ful 1988 run as a Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for Cook County state’s at­tor­ney. In all, he spent 47 years in law en­force­ment. Re­id said he is leav­ing to spend time with his fam­ily and to pur­sue private-sec­tor op­por­tun­it­ies.

“Terry is one of the finest pub­lic ser­vants I have ever met and I am grate­ful for all he has done for our com­munity,” Re­id said in a state­ment.

The Re­id an­nounce­ment cred­ited Gain­er with dra­mat­ic im­prove­ments to the phys­ic­al safety of the Cap­it­ol com­plex, provid­ing vi­tal emer­gency com­mu­nic­a­tions to the Sen­ate com­munity, im­prov­ing Sen­ate IT in­fra­struc­ture, and launch­ing new ser­vices for law­makers, staffs, and con­stitu­ents.

Mi­chael Stenger will be ap­poin­ted as the next deputy ser­geant at arms. Stenger came to the Ser­geant at Arms Of­fice in 2011 after a 35-year ca­reer in the Secret Ser­vice, in­clud­ing a stint as as­sist­ant dir­ect­or, the No. 3 po­s­i­tion in the or­gan­iz­a­tion.


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