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Steny Hoyer
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House Majority Leader
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Preceded by Kevin McCarthy
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Preceded by John Boehner
Succeeded by Eric Cantor
House Minority Whip
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2019
Leader Nancy Pelosi
Preceded by Eric Cantor
Succeeded by Steve Scalise
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Leader Nancy Pelosi
Preceded by Nancy Pelosi
Succeeded by Roy Blunt
Chair of the House Democratic Conference
In office
June 21, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Leader Tom Foley
Preceded by William Grey
Succeeded by Vic Fazio
Vice Chair of the House Democratic Conference
In office
January 3, 1989 – June 21, 1989
Leader Jim Wright
Preceded by Mary Rose Oakar
Succeeded by Vic Fazio
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 5th district
Assumed office
May 19, 1981
Preceded by Gladys Spellman
82nd President of the Maryland Senate
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1978
Preceded by William S. James
Succeeded by James A. Clark Jr.
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 26th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1978
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Mike Donovan
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 4C district
In office
January 1967 – January 1975
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born
Steny Hamilton Hoyer

June 14, 1939 (1939-06-14) (age 80)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Judith Hoyer
(m. 1972; died 1997)
Children 3
Education University of Maryland, College Park (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)
Signature
Website House website
Party website

Steny Hamilton Hoyer (born June 14, 1939) is an American politician. Hoyer is the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 5th congressional district, serving since 1981. The district includes a large area of rural and suburban territory southeast of Washington, D.C.. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Hoyer is the House Majority Leader since January 3, 2019.

He was first elected in a special election on May 19, 1981 and served as the House Majority Leader from 2007 to 2011. He had previously served as House Minority Whip from 2003 to 2007, and was reelected to that post in 2011. These positions make him the second-ranking figure in the House Democratic Leadership hierarchy.

Hoyer was born on June 14, 1939 in New York City, New York. He is of Danish descent. Hoyer studied at University of Maryland, College Park and at Georgetown University. He was married to Judith Hoyer until her death in 1997. They had three children.

In July 2018, Hoyer was hospitalized at George Washington University Hospital for pneumonia.

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