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.