Speaker's BiographySteny Hoyer
United States Representative, Maryland (Minority Whip)
Steny Hoyer, a Maryland congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives, is a strong advocate of Democratic policies to strengthen America's middle class, its economy and its national security. As House Democratic whip for the 112th Congress, Hoyer is the second-ranking member of the House Democratic leadership. He is charged with mobilizing the party vote on important legislation, acting as a liaison between members and the Democratic leadership and coordinating strategy within the caucus. He also plays a key role in shaping House Democrats' legislative priorities and delivering the Democratic message. Hoyer served as House majority leader from 2007 to 2011 and House Democratic whip from 2003 to 2007.