As the current House Democratic Whip, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) is charged with managing the House Floor as well as scheduling legislation to be considered on the Floor. He also plays a key role in helping House Democrats determine their legislative agenda and political strategy, and building support for the Party’s positions and delivering the Democratic message both in Washington, D.C., and nationally.
Rep. Hoyer’s service as Majority Leader makes him the highest-ranking Congressman from Maryland in U.S. history. Now serving his 17th term in Congress representing the Fifth Congressional District of Maryland, he became the longest-serving Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland on June 4, 2007.
Prior to being elected Majority Leader, from 2007-2011 he served as the Democratic Whip in the 108th and 109th Congresses. He is the former Chairman of the Helsinki Commission, and is widely regarded as a champion on human and civil rights. Rep. Hoyer is perhaps best known for serving as the lead House sponsor of the "Help America Vote Act" (HAVA), historic U.S. election reform. President Bush signed HAVA into law on October 29, 2002. Rep. Hoyer also guided the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to passage in 1990.