Thirty-five represents the number of years that Steny Hoyer, ’63, has served Maryland in the House of Representatives
In today’s UMD123 post, we are highlighting the service of the Maryland alumnus who has risen the highest in the U.S. Congress, Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland’s 5th District. Hoyer was first elected to Congress in a special election in 1981 to fill Gladys Noon Spellman’s seat after she was incapacitated following a stroke and has served continuously ever since. Representative Hoyer has been the second highest member of the House Democratic Caucus since 2007, when he became House Majority Leader under Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. After the Republicans retook the House in 2011, his title changed to House Minority Whip.
Steny Hoyer’s years at the University of Maryland were very much a harbinger of his bright future. A Political Science major, he was a member of the Sigma Chi, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Omicron Delta Kappa fraternities. He worked on the Diamondback newspaper and was an important member of the Student Government Association, serving as vice president and as a member of the legislative council and finance and judiciary committees, as well as whip of the ruling Free State Party. Hoyer was also a member of the Young Democrats and served on the Central Student Court. His deep involvement in university life also undoubtedly helped earn him a spot on the exclusive “Who’s Who” list of students his senior year. All Hoyer’s activities chronicled in the 1963 Terrapin yearbook proved prescient, as only three years after graduating, Hoyer was elected to the Maryland State Senate, where he would eventually rise to president, before beginning his long stay in Congress.
Steny Hoyer may be the longest-serving Maryland alumnus in the House of Representatives, but he is hardly the only Terrapin to join that body. Here is a list of Maryland’s Congressional alumni:
|Charles B. Calvert||1861-1863||Unionist||MD||6th|
|Stephen W. Gambrill||1924-1938||Democrat||MD||5th|
|William P. Cole, Jr.||1927-1929,
|Harry S. Baldwin||1943-1947||Democrat||MD||2nd|
|Thomas F. Johnson||1959-1963||Democrat||MD||1st|
|Donald “Buzz” Lukens||1967-1971,
|Lawrence Hogan, Sr.||1969-1975||Republican||MD||5th|
|William F. Goodling||1975-2001||Republican||PA||19th|
|Esteban Edward Torres||1983-1999||Democrat||CA||34th|
|Charles T. “Tom” McMillen||1987-1993||Democrat||MD||4th|
|William Lacy Clay||2001-||Democrat||MO||1st|
|C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger||2003-||Democrat||MD||2nd|
|Eric M. Swalwell||2013-||Democrat||CA||15th|
Did we miss any Congressional Terrapins? Let us know in the comments section below!
This is a post in our new series on Terrapin Tales called UMD123! Similar to our “ABC’s of UMD” series last fall, posts in this series will take a look at the university’s history “by the numbers.” New posts will come out twice a month throughout the summer; on the Terrapin Tales blog search “UMD123” or use the UMD123 tag. You can also check out Twitter#UMD123. If you want to learn more about campus history, you can also visit our encyclopedia University of Maryland A to Z: MAC to Millennium for more UMD facts.
(Much of the information in this post comes from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-present).
(The featured image for this post contains, from left to right, Sue Tyler, University of Maryland Field Hockey Coach; John Slaughter, Chancellor of the University of Maryland, College Park; Representative Steny Hoyer; and President Ronald Reagan. It was taken during the White House visit in honor of Maryland winning the 1987 NCAA Field Hockey Division I Championship. See http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/11593)