Congressman Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland's Fifth Congressional District is now serving his second term as the House Democratic Whip, the second-ranking position among House Democrats. Congressman Hoyer was unanimously elected by his colleagues in the Democratic Caucus to serve in this leadership position, in which Hoyer is charged with building unity among House Democrats and delivering the Democratic Party's message.
Congressman Hoyer is now serving in his 13th full term in the House of Representatives, representing the Fifth Congressional District of Maryland.
He 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 well known as a leader on education issues and 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"), which President Bush signed into law on October 29, 2002, and for guiding the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to passage in 1990.
Congressman Hoyer is a Senior Member of the Appropriations Committee, and currently serves on the Subcommittees on Transportation, Treasury and Housing; and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.
He also serves on the Democratic Steering Committee, and was Chairman of the Democratic Caucus from 1989 to 1994.
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.