U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer
Maryland's 5th Congressional District
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer of Mechanicsville represents Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties and portions of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.
Now serving as House Majority Leader, Congressman Hoyer is charged with managing the House Floor as well as scheduling legislation to be considered on the Floor. He also plays a key role in helping House Democrats determine their legislative agenda and political strategy, and building support for the Party’s positions and delivering the Democratic message both in Washington and nationally. Prior to being elected Majority Leader, Congressman Hoyer served two terms as the Democratic Whip.
Congressman Hoyer is now serving in his 14th term in the House of Representatives, and is the longest-serving House Member from Southern Maryland in history, as well as the highest-ranking Member of Congress in Maryland history.
Congressman Hoyer is recognized by Members on both sides of the aisle as an effective leader and committed consensus builder who knows how to get things done. He is widely regarded as a champion for Federal employees and is a well known leader on education issues. As the former Chairman of the Helsinki Commission, he also is a respected voice on human and civil rights. He is perhaps best known for serving as the lead House sponsor of historic Federal election reform (the “Help America Vote Act”) and for guiding the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to passage.
Public service has always been at the center of Steny Hoyer’s professional life. He won a seat in the Maryland Senate at the age of 27, and just a few years later, at the age of 35, was elected President of the Senate, the youngest ever in state history.
Steny Hoyer graduated from Suitland High School in Prince George’s County. In 1963, he graduated with high honors from the University of Maryland and was selected “Outstanding Male Graduate.” In 1966, he received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. That same year, at the age of 27, he won a seat in the Maryland Senate, after campaigning on a fair housing platform.
Congressman Hoyer currently serves on the Naval Academy Board of Visitors, and the St. Mary’s College Board of Trustees. He also is a former member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland. He and his wife, the late Judith Pickett Hoyer, have three daughters, Susan, Stefany and Anne; and three grandchildren, Judy, James Cleveland, and Alexa.