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Steny Hoyer
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House Minority Whip
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Deputy Jim Clyburn
Leader Nancy Pelosi
Preceded by Eric Cantor
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Leader Nancy Pelosi
Preceded by Nancy Pelosi
Succeeded by Roy Blunt
House Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Deputy Jim Clyburn
Preceded by John Boehner
Succeeded by Eric Cantor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 5th district
Assumed office
May 19, 1981
Preceded by Gladys Spellman
Democratic Caucus Chairman of the United States House of Representatives
In office
June 21, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by William Grey
Succeeded by Vic Fazio
82nd President of the Maryland Senate
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1978
Preceded by William James
Succeeded by James Clark
Personal details
Steny Hamilton Hoyer

June 14, 1939 (1939-06-14) (age 80)
New York City, New York, United States
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Judith Hoyer (deceased since 1997)
Children Susan
Alma mater University of Maryland, College Park
Georgetown University
Profession Attorney at law

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.

He was first elected in a special election on 19 May 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.

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