For Hoyer, a Balancing of Roles

House Minority Whip Says His Seniority Benefits His District

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August 28, 2004

Contact:Jessica Valdez

Washington Post

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) paused during his whirlwind tour across Southern Maryland to walk his dog in a Giant grocery store parking lot.

"She goes to work with me every day," he said, grinning as he climbed out of his Capitol Police-guarded SUV with Charlotte's leash in hand. He said the 13-year-old English springer spaniel even has her own bed in his Washington office.

It's a new side to the minority whip of the House of Representatives.

Opening with optimism

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July 25, 2004


Boston Globe

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In 2003, More Americans in Poverty, Lack Health Insurance

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August 26, 2004

Contact:Anna Bell Farrar

WASHINGTON D.C. – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Census’ annual report today on poverty and annual income rates in America.  The study shows that 1.3 million Americans sank into poverty last year, while median household income remained stagnant, and the number of people without health insurance coverage rose by 1.4 million to 45 million:



“In a Weak Economy, Working Families Don’t Need this Bush Pay Cut”

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August 23, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the implementation of unprecedented new rules by the Department of Labor that will strip up to 6 million workers of their right to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The Bush Administration forced the regulation changes through despite bipartisan opposition of Congress:


Maryland Lawmakers Gather for Democratic National Convention

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July 27, 2004


Associated Press

The Democratic National Convention is underway in Boston - and several well-known Maryland lawmakers are on hand for the important event.

Maryland Representative Steny Hoyer was the first state leader to throw his support behind Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry.

Hoyer told the thousands gathered that a Democratic presidency would lift the United States to new levels of safety and security. He also highlighted the need for better national security and better economic policies.

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Hoyer Takes Fourth Turn as Parliamentarian

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July 28, 2004

Contact:Erin Billings

Roll Call

While most of the Democratic faithful view today’s conventions as a largely ceremonial event with few surprises, some aspects of the past remain — including the tapping of a referee to ensure the nomination goes off without a hitch.

At the center of that effort is Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), arguably one of the Hill’s most institutional wonks, who is serving for the fourth time as the national party’s convention parliamentarian.

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Hoping to Recapture Some of 2000's Luster

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July 26, 2004

Contact:Tim Craig

The Washington Post

At home, Maryland Democrats have been struggling with internal squabbles and an inconsistent message in the two years since losing the governor's mansion. But in Boston this week, several of the state's top Democrats will be thrust into the national spotlight at the party's convention.

Democratic leaders are hopeful that prime-time speaking roles for Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and Reps. Steny H. Hoyer and Elijah E. Cummings will showcase Maryland's influence in national politics and help the state party regain its footing.

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Kerry Taps Fellow Senator Edwards as Running Mate

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July 6, 2004

Contact:John Cochran and Gregory L. Giroux

Congressional Quarterly

Ending months of suspense, Sen. John Kerry on Tuesday turned to his vanquished primary election rival, fellow Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, as his running mate for this fall’s presidential campaign.

Addressing a rally in Pittsburgh, Kerry thanked all those he had considered for agreeing to go through “what is inevitably a very intrusive and even frustrating process.”

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Hoyer: 9/11 Report Is a Call to Action that Must Not Be Ignored

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July 22, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission:

"The findings and recommendations in the 9/11 Commission's final report issued this morning are welcome, important and, at times, disturbing.  It is abundantly clear from the recommendations and Chairman Kean's remarks that we are still vulnerable to attack, and that action is imperative.


Hoyer says Democrats could take back the House

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July 22, 2004

Contact:Hans Nichols

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is grounding his claim that Democrats “are in striking distance” of taking back the House with a heavy statistical comparison to the Republican watershed election of 1994.

Relying on “generic ballot” polling data from both years, Hoyer argued that his party is in a better position than Newt Gingrich and his troops were in July 1994, on their way to winning a net gain of 52 seats in November.

Democrats need to overcome an 11-seat deficit to return their party to majority status.