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Pelosi on Majority Leader Hoyer Becoming Longest-Serving Member of the House in Maryland History

Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi submitted the following statement into the Congressional Record today on Majority Leader Steny Hoyer becoming the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives in Maryland history:

'More than 26 years ago, the voters of Maryland's 5th Congressional District demonstrated their great wisdom in electing Steny Hoyer to represent them in Congress.  As he has now become the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives in Maryland history, we recognize that their trust has never been misplaced, as Steny Hoyer has been a tremendous leader for both his district and for the nation. 

'This week, Steny continues his history of record breaking: when he was just 27 years old, he was elected to the Maryland Senate, and then subsequently became its youngest ever President.  But what sets Steny apart is not the length of his leadership, but the quality of it.  On issues crucial to his district, such as standing up for federal employees and protecting the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, Steny has been a stalwart leader.  On issues crucial to all Americans, such as education, the minimum wage, the rights of the disabled, and civil rights, he has achieved great progress.

'As House Majority Leader, he plays a vital role in developing and passing our legislation for a new direction for America.  He is a skilled legislator and consensus-builder.  He is respected by our colleagues on both sides of the aisle for his savvy, intellect, and integrity. 

'Steny and I first met more than 40 years ago as interns in the United States Senate.  Over the years, it has been an honor to see him as more than just an immensely skilled Member of Congress, but as a loving husband, proud parent, and devoted grandparent and now great-grandparent.  It is a personal privilege to call him my colleague and my friend.'