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Steny H. Hoyer

MAJORITY LEADER, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

hoyer-stenyU.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer represents Maryland’s 5th Congressional District and became the longest-serving member of the U.S. House from Maryland on June 4, 2007.

He currently serves as the House majority leader, the second-ranking member of the House Democratic leadership. He previously held the position from 2007 to 2011 and was the Democratic whip from 2003 to 2007.

Hoyer has worked hard for his district, which includes Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties along with portions of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel coun-ties, including the University of Maryland campus in College Park.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

Gov. Marvin Mandel told me once that “you cannot go through life with a rearview mirror.” It was a profound message of looking forward to the next success, not the last failure.

Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?

There are so many inspiring individuals that I’ve looked up to throughout my career. The first was John F. Kennedy, whom I never met, but who was my inspiration to pursue public service. The second was Gov. Harry Hughes, on whose committee I served in the Maryland Senate. I also deeply admired Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight for equality and justice for all Americans. And three contemporaries – Sen. Ben Cardin, the late Congressman John Lewis, and former Congressman Tony Coelho.

What are your hopes for the state or your community this year?

I am hopeful that we will defeat COVID-19, rebuild our economy and restore honest, trustworthy, effective, respected national leadership.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at thedailyrecord.com or in our digital edition.