Nearly two months after the Jan. 6 capitol riot, the Senate has chosen a new sergeant at arms, the Associated Press reported.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Wednesday that retired Lt. General Karen Gibson will be appointed to lead the Office of the Sergeant at Arms, according to the Associated Press. The role is tasked with providing security for the Senate chamber’s security and other administrative tasks to ensure Senators’ security, the Associated Press report noted.
I’m excited to announce the leadership team at the Senate Sergeant at Arms:
Lieutenant General Karen Gibson
This is the first time in history the office will be led by a team of women, and we know they’ll be successful.https://t.co/djPut773WK
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 3, 2021
Gibson will lead the Office of the Sergeant at Arms’ first all-female leadership team.
Schumer touted Gibson’s previous experience in the military, where she had a 33-year career, the Associated Press reported. She also served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as a senior intelligence officer, according to the Associated Press. (RELATED: ‘Conversations’ Pelosi Had With Sgt At Arms About National Guard Presence Factored Into ‘Blender Of Decision Making’ That Led Up To Riot)
Gibson will replace Jennifer Hemingway, who filled the job after Michael Stenger vacated the position in the immediate aftermath of the capitol riot, the Associated Press reported. Schumer called Gibson the “perfect person” for the role because of her background, as well as her involvement in the review and analysis of policies that resulted in the capitol riots that left five people dead, according to the Associated Press. Hemingway will remain inside the Office of the Sergeant at Arms as Gibson’s chief of staff.
Kelly Fado, one of Schumer’s aides, will take the position of Gibson’s deputy, the Associated Press reported.