Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, House Minority Whip:
Ebullient and energetic, Steny Hoyer has been a key leader of House Democrats since 1987. In 2002, Hoyer lost to Rep. Nancy Pelosi in a bid to become House Minority Leader. Hoyer has since been #2 House Democrat for five terms, with Pelosi as leader.
Hoyer is decidedly more pro-business and more hawkish on wars than Nancy Pelosi, often causing tension between them on House issues and votes.
Steny Hoyer, House of Representatives Leader:
- House Deputy Majority Whip - 1987 to 1989
- Chair, House Democratic Caucus - 1989 to 1995
- Recruited Democratic candidates for the House - 1995 to 2000
- House Minority Whip (#2 Democrat) - 2003 to 2007
- House Majority Leader (#2 Democrat) - 2007 to 2011
- House Minority Whip (#2 Democrat) - 2011 to present
Steny Hoyer on the Issues:
- 100% pro-choice by NARAL;
- 87% pro-civil rights by ACLU;
- 100% pro-public education by tNEA;
- 85% pro-environment by League of Conservation Voters;
- "F" for pro-gun control record by NRA;
- 87% pro-union record by AFL-CIO.
Steny Hoyer before Congress:
After law school, Steny Hoyer was elected at age 27 to the Maryland State Senate, where he served until 1979. Hoyer was President of the Maryland State Senate from 1975 to 1979. In 1978, Hoyer lost his race be elected Maryland Lieutenant Governor.
Hoyer was a delegate to Democratic National Conventions in 1968, 1974, 1976 and 1984, and served on the Maryland Higher Education Board from 1978 to 1981.
- Birth - June 14, 1939 in New York City to Steen Theilgaard Hoyer, a Denmark native, and his American wife Jean. Steny was raised in Maryland, which remains his residence.
- Education - Suitland High School in Suitland, Maryland. B.A., magna cum laude, 1963, University of Maryland at College Park, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. J.D., 1966, Georgetown University Law School.
- Family - Widowed since 1997. Three adult daughters, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
- Faith - Baptist