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U.S. Congress, 5th District Representative
Score Card & Statistics

Congressional 5th District Election Results:

Election Year




1998 Steny H. Hoyer (D) 125,313 (65.4%) *
Robert B. Ostrom (R) 66,183 (34.6%)
1996 Steny H. Hoyer (D) 116,611 (57.0%) *
John S. Morgan (R) 88,111 (43.0%)
1994 Steny H. Hoyer (D) 98,821 (58.8%) *
Donald Devine (R) 69,211 (41.2%)

* Election Winner 

Steny H. Hoyer (D)

U.S. Congress - 5th Congressional District
Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's counties & parts of Anne Arundel & Prince George's counties.

Washington DC Office:
1705 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4131
fax: (202) 225-4300

Web Site

District offices:

U.S. District Courthouse
6500 Cherrywood Lane, Suite 310
Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 474-0119

21A Industrial Park Drive, Suite 101
Waldorf, MD 20602
(301) 843-1577

Score Card

Scorecard  1999
+   Voted  For
--   Voted Against
A   Abstention
E   Excused Absents
* See Note

Anti-discrimination Act Amendment to Include Homosexual Behavior as a Protected Right Hate Crime Legislation Giving Special  Judicial Status to Homosexuals, Bisexuals and Lesbians Pro-Marriage
Legislation that Supports Traditional
Pro-Same Sex Marriage Legislation Prohibiting Assisted Suicide Prohibiting Partial Birth Abortions
Congressman's Position + For + For ? ? + For -- Against
CFMC's Position --  Against --  Against + For --  Against + For + For
Voting Record Includes:

Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of the United States with Respect to Tax Limitations Bill #: HJ RES 111 Description: Bill proposes a constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds majority to raise taxes. Bill reached its required two-thirds majority with a 238 to 186 vote. 9 members did not vote.

H. RES 78 A vote on the Religious Freedom Constitutional Amendment. This amendment reads, “To secure the people’s right to acknowledge God according to the dictates of conscience: The people’s right to pray and to recognize their religious beliefs, heritage, or traditions on public property, including schools, shall not be infringed. The Government shall not require any person to join in prayer or other religious activity, initiate or designate school prayer, discriminate against religion, or deny equal access to a benefit on account of religion”.

Education Savings Act for Public and Private Schools Bill #: HR 2646. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow tax-free expenditures from education individual retirement accounts for elementary and secondary school expenses, to increase the maximum annual amount of contributions to such accounts.

H. Amdt 613 to H.R. 6. This amendment was to create a nondiscrimination provision in the Higher Education Program Authorization Extension Bill. The amendment stated that no individual would be excluded from any program or activity authorized by the Higher Education Act on the basis of race or religion. HEA’s programs include student loans and grants.

Prohibit Federal Funds for Needle Distribution Programs. Bill #: HR 3717. This bill would have cut funds to the Needle Distribution Program. Bill passed 287 to 140 with 6 members not voting.

Bill #: HR 3097,  Tax Code Elimination Act. This bill would terminate the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by the end of 2002 and force the government to come up with a fairer and simpler tax system. Amendment passed 219 to 209 with 6 members not voting.

  • Voted twice to support Partial Birth Abortion, a procedure which the vast majority of his constituents (85%-95%) in Maryland's 5th District oppose.
  • The Federal Election Commission in 1996 fined Steny Hoyer $15,000 for attempting to evade reporting thousands of dollars in contributions.
  • Mr. Hoyer was one of four members of Congress to vote against IRS reform.
  • Mr. Horer voted against Freedom of Speech by supporting an Amendment that would restrict the right to produce materials that commented on the voting records of federal politicians, such as voter guides. The Amendment failed 201 - 219.

Hoyer Profile:

Born: June 14, 1939 in New York, NY
Home: Mechanicsville, MD
Education: University of Maryland, 1963, B.S. Georgetown University Law Center (DC), 1966
Family: Widower; three children
Religion: Baptist

Hoyer has protested GOP efforts to cut back the amount of money Congress spends on itself.  In June 1995, when the House Appropriations Committee approved major cut Hoyer was quoted as stating  "This is the beginning of the downsizing of the government".  In the 105th, Hoyer was named the lone Democrat on a task force appointed by the House Oversight Committee to investigate charges of vote fraud in the 1996 election of Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif. The election was challenged by the Republican Sanchez defeated, nine-term veteran Robert K. Dornan.

Hoyer suffered a deep personal loss at the outset of the 105th Congress when his wife, Judy, died of cancer in February 1997.

He spoke of his late wife in March 1997 during a debate on legislation to outlaw Partial Birth Abortion. "I could not do anything about the cancer that gripped her body, but if I could have done something had she been pregnant with one of our three girls and saved her life, by God, I would have done it".

Before the House passed the bill to end Partial Birth Abortion, Hoyer offered an amendment allowing any kind of abortion procedure before the fetus reached viability, but banning all post-viability abortions except those needed to protect her from adverse health conditions. His proposal largely mirrored President Clinton's position.

Committee and Subcommittee Assignments
  • Committee on Appropriations
    Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies
    The Legislative Branch
    Treasury, Postal Service and General Government, Ranking Minority Member
  • Committee on House Administration
  • Joint Committee on the Library of Congress
  • Joint Committee on Printing
Other Assignments and Memberships
  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Ranking Minority Member
  • House Democratic Steering Committee, Co-Chair
  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Airpower Caucus
  • Congressional Arts Caucus, Executive Board
  • Congressional Biotechnology Caucus
  • Congressional Competitiveness Caucus
  • Congressional Fire Services Caucus, Co-Chair
  • Congressional Missing and Expolited Children's Caucus
  • Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
  • House National Security Caucus
  • Law Enforcement Caucus
  • Minor League Baseball Caucus
  • Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition

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