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5th District of Maryland

The 5th Congressional district of Maryland was redrawn in 2000 and includes a large portion of Prince George's County, the three counties of southern Maryland - Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's - and a portion of Anne Arundel County. Major cities in the 5th District's portion of Prince George's County include College Park, home of the flagship campus of the University of Maryland, Hyattsville, Greenbelt, Clinton, Beltsville, Bowie, Laurel and parts of Fort Washington and Upper Marlboro, the County seat. The Fifth Congressional District also includes the Anne Arundel County areas of Crofton and Davidsonville, just west of Annapolis.

The southern part of the 5th District stretches from Waldorf (Charles County) south to Lexington Park (St. Mary's County) and across the Patuxent River to Prince Frederick (Calvert County). This part of the 5th District was first settled by the Calvert Family of the Lords Baltimore, who founded their capital of St. Mary's city in 1634. Maryland quickly became one of the two great tobacco colonies. Towns stayed small for years to come and even today, many people in Southern Maryland are direct descendants from the original families. The biggest growth came from government installations like the Civil War Point Lookout prisoners-of-war camp and the Patuxent Naval Air Test Center where many astronauts got their first training. Today Southern Maryland is a favorite destination for tourists and is famous for its beautiful coastline and delicious seafood.

Hoyer and the District

Congressman Hoyer has represented the 5th Congressional District since he was elected during a special election in 1981. Before serving in the House of Representatives he was elected to the Maryland Senate in 1966, at 27, just after graduating from law school at Georgetown University Law School. Congressman Hoyer was the youngest person in Maryland history to be elected Senate President where he served from 1975-1978.

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