Press Release ● Congress
For Immediate Release: 
November 13, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, 155 House Democrats from across the Caucus, including a majority of the Freshman class, signed a letter in support of House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer returning to his position of House Majority Leader in the 116th Congress.

In the letter, Members say: “We will need a steady, experienced leader over the next two years, who also works to empower our Members and prepare them for future leadership opportunities. We will need someone who will hold President Trump, his Administration, and Congressional Republicans accountable – while still being able to work effectively in a divided government to get legislation passed. It is for these reasons that we believe that Steny is the person we need as Majority Leader.”

They go on to write: “We believe it is critical for our leaders to promote Members across our Caucus and give them real opportunities to lead. Steny has done this, and will continue to do so. Half of his Whip team is composed of Members who have served for three terms or less. He was a strong supporter of efforts in 2016 to expand the leadership team, and he is committed to making changes that empower Members further, including by strengthening the Committee process. He also brings Members into the room when negotiations are taking place, so that more of us are included in the decisions that are being made. He is an honest broker, and is trusted by everyone in our Caucus.”

The letter concludes: “Steny is an innovative leader with unwavering integrity who empowers Members and gets things done. We believe that under his leadership, we will be well-positioned for further success in 2020.”

Click here or see below for the full letter:

Dear Colleague:

We write today to share our support for Steny Hoyer to serve as Majority Leader in the 116th Congress. In the majority, we will have considerable opportunity to effect change and great responsibility to get things done on behalf of our constituents. We will need a steady, experienced leader over the next two years, who also works to empower our Members and prepare them for future leadership opportunities. We will need someone who will hold President Trump, his Administration, and Congressional Republicans accountable – while still being able to work effectively in a divided government to get legislation passed. It is for these reasons that we believe that Steny is the person we need as Majority Leader.

Steny was out on the trail tirelessly campaigning this cycle, doing the hard work necessary to take back the House. He traveled to districts in every part of the country, campaigning with progressive and moderate Democratic candidates alike.  He’s been there for us: traveling for us, raising money for us, and he’s often one of the first people to reach out and offer his support. He has been a mentor to many of us.

We believe it is critical for our leaders to promote Members across our Caucus and give them real opportunities to lead. Steny has done this, and will continue to do so. Half of his Whip team is composed of Members who have served for three terms or less. He was a strong supporter of efforts in 2016 to expand the leadership team, and he is committed to making changes that empower Members further, including by strengthening the Committee process. He also brings Members into the room when negotiations are taking place, so that more of us are included in the decisions that are being made. He is an honest broker, and is trusted by everyone in our Caucus.

Steny also has a clear vision for the agenda House Democrats should pursue. In September, he delivered a speech committing to bringing a government reform package to the Floor at the beginning of the new Congress. Since 2010, he has developed and pursued the Make It In America plan, giving House Democrats an economic platform to discuss with our constituents at home. It is a plan encapsulated by our “For the People” agenda.

Importantly, Steny will effectively go toe-to-toe with President Trump, advocating for our positions and ensuring vigorous oversight of this Administration.

Steny is an innovative leader with unwavering integrity who empowers Members and gets things done. We believe that under his leadership, we will be well-positioned for further success in 2020.

Sincerely,
  1. Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12)
  2. Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31)
  3. Rep.-Elect Colin Allred (TX-32)
  4. Rep.-Elect Cindy Axne (IA-03)
  5. Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44)
  6. Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07)
  7. Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr. (VA-08)
  8. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. (GA-02)
  9. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL)
  10. Rep. Brendan Boyle (PA-02)
  11. Rep.-Elect Anthony Brindisi (NY-22)
  12. Rep. Anthony Brown (MD-04)
  13. Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26)
  14. Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
  15. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC-01)
  16. Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24)
  17. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (CA-29)
  18. Rep. André Carson (IN-07)
  19. Rep.-Elect Sean Casten (IL-06)
  20. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14)
  21. Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
  22. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27)
  23. Rep. Katherine Clark (MA-05)
  24. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-01)
  25. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (MO-05)
  26. Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09)
  27. Rep. J. Luis Correa (CA-46)
  28. Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16)
  29. Rep.-Elect Angie Craig (MN-02)
  30. Rep. Charlie Crist (FL-13)
  31. Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
  32. Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
  33. Rep.-Elect Sharice Davids (KS-03)
  34. Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53)
  35. Rep. Danny K. Davis (IL-07)
  36. Rep.-Elect Madeleine Dean (PA-04)
  37. Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
  38. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)
  39. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11)
  40. Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
  41. Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12)
  42. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)
  43. Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-18)
  44. Rep. Eliot Engel (NY-16)
  45. Rep.-Elect Veronica Escobar (TX-16)
  46. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)
  47. Rep. Dwight Evans (PA-03)
  48. Rep.-Elect Abby Finkenauer (IA-01)
  49. Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-21)
  50. Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07)
  51. Rep. John Garamendi (CA-03)
  52. Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)
  53. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05)
  54. Rep.-Elect Deb Haaland (NM-01)
  55. Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL-20)
  56. Rep. Denny Heck (WA-10)
  57. Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26)
  58. Rep.-Elect Katie Hill (CA-25)
  59. Rep.-Elect Kendra Horn (OK-05)
  60. Rep.-Elect Steven Horsford (NV-04)
  61. Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02)
  62. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
  63. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
  64. Rep. Bill Keating (MA-09)
  65. Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-02)
  66. Rep. Joe Kennedy III (MA-04)
  67. Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-05)
  68. Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03)
  69. Rep.-Elect Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02)
  70. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08)
  71. Rep. Ann Kuster (NH-02)
  72. Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-02)
  73. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02)
  74. Rep. John Larson (CT-01)
  75. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)
  76. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05)
  77. Rep.-Elect Susie Lee (NV-03)
  78. Rep.-Elect Andy Levin (MI-09)
  79. Rep.-Elect Mike Levin (CA-49)
  80. Rep. John Lewis (GA-05)
  81. Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33)
  82. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-03)
  83. Rep. Dave Loebsack (IA-02)
  84. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
  85. Rep. Nita Lowey (NY-17)
  86. Rep.-Elect Elaine Luria (VA-02)
  87. Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA-08)
  88. Rep.-Elect Tom Malinowski (NJ-07)
  89. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)
  90. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
  91. Rep. A. Donald McEachin (VA-04)
  92. Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02)
  93. Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-09)
  94. Rep. Gregory Meeks (NY-05)
  95. Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04)
  96. Rep.-Elect Joseph Morelle (NY-25)
  97. Rep.-Elect Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26)
  98. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07)
  99. Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY-10)
  100. Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-32)
  101. Rep. Richard Neal (MA-01)
  102. Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01)
  103. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL)
  104. Rep. Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01)
  105. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06)
  106. Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)
  107. Rep.-Elect Chris Pappas (NH-01)
  108. Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ-09)
  109. Rep. Collin Peterson (MN-07)
  110. Rep.-Elect Dean Phillips (MN-03)
  111. Rep. David Price (NC-04)
  112. Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05)
  113. Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-08)
  114. Rep.-Elect Harley Rouda (CA-48)
  115. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)
  116. Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
  117. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02)
  118. Rep. Bobby Rush (IL-01)
  119. Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-03)
  120. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)
  121. Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10)
  122. Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05)
  123. Rep.-Elect Kim Schrier (WA-08)
  124. Rep. David Scott (GA-13)
  125. Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03)
  126. Rep. José E. Serrano (NY-15)
  127. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07)
  128. Rep.-Elect Donna Shalala (FL-27)
  129. Rep. Brad Sherman (CA-30)
  130. Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-08)
  131. Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09)
  132. Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09)
  133. Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-14)
  134. Rep.-Elect Greg Stanton (AZ-09)
  135. Rep.-Elect Haley Stevens (MI-11)
  136. Rep. Tom Suozzi (NY-03)
  137. Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15)
  138. Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41)
  139. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05)
  140. Rep. Dina Titus (NV-01)
  141. Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20)
  142. Rep. Norma Torres (CA-35)
  143. Rep.-Elect David Trone (MD-06)
  144. Rep.-Elect Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02)
  145. Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51)
  146. Rep. Marc Veasey (TX-33)
  147. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (NY-07)
  148. Rep. Pete Visclosky (IN-01)
  149. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23)
  150. Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43)
  151. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)
  152. Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL)
  153. Rep.-Elect Jennifer Wexton (VA-10)
  154. Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24)
  155. Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-03)