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Tom Herald was a Senator of Texas who strongly opposed Sam Wilson's left-wing stance in politics which he made active when he became Captain America. When Steve Rogers returned to a physical state suitable for being Captain America once again, Herald called for Wilson's immediate resignation and asked him to hand his shield back to Rogers.[1]

Senator Herald also supported Keane Industries' private policing initiative known as the Americops, and intended to introduce a bill in the Senate that would call for increased resource-sharing between federal law enforcement and the Americops.[2]

Together with Paul Keane and another detractor of Sam Wilson, radio talk show host Harry Hauser, Herald contacted U.S.Agent to have him take the shield back from Wilson.[3] Their decision was secretly supported by Rogers himself, whose past had been secretly manipulated by a Cosmic Cube to turn him into a Hydra double-agent.[4]

While hosting a gala to promote his political agenda, Herald and his guests were victims of an incident staged by Rogers himself. A Life-Model Decoy modeled after the Flag-Smasher raided the gala and took Herald hostage, in order to supposedly call the attention of both Captains America and convince them to join his radical cause. When the heroes confronted Flag-Smasher, the LMD held Herald at gunpoint. Wilson tried to disarm Flag-Smasher with his shield, however, Rogers had used his knowledge of the physics behind it to position Wilson in an area of the room where it was impossible for him to throw the shield and make it ricochet to Flag-Smasher. Thus, Wilson missed his throw, and Flag-Smasher executed Herald.

Herald's death helped Rogers ensure that his role in getting U.S.Agent to go after Sam remained a secret, and fueled the fires of his media controversy.[5]

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