Maryland’s Senate President from 1975-1978, Steny Hoyer is known for his leadership in Washington but his elective career began and flourished in the halls of Annapolis largely over the decade of the 1970s.
A native of Mitchellville and a graduate of Suitland High School, Hoyer spent his formative years in Southern Maryland. He’d graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1963 and quickly began a career in public service as an aide to then United States Senator Daniel Brewster (from 1962 to 1966).
Hoyer’s first attempt at elected office saw him successfully win the newly created District 4C Senate seat representing Prince George’s County in the Maryland State Senate. Hoyer would serve in the State Senate from 1966 until 1978 and concurrently as Maryland’s Senate President from 1975-1978.
As Senate President, he’d prove a steady hand over a new Maryland Senate that was dramatically changed by important reapportionment efforts that shifted electoral representation to more equitable population-based districting as opposed to districting emphasizing municipality-based or county-based representation.
Hoyer would leave the Maryland Senate in 1978 to pursue the office of Lieutenant Governor. He’d be unsuccessful in that race but three short years later (in 1981) he’d be elected to the United States Congress where he still serves to this day. In Congressional leadership since 1989, Hoyer has chaired the House Democratic Conference (1989-1995), served as the House Minority Whip (2003-2007 and 2011-2019), and now serves as the House Majority Leader (2019-present).
Re-elected nineteen times to the United States Congress, Hoyer has proven himself a political legend in both Southern Maryland and Statewide. His leadership in Washington has truly proven an example of public service to a generation of young Marylanders. He has prominently taken his place in the history of Maryland’s leaders and as a steady hand guiding Maryland’s Senate through the complex decade that was the 1970s.