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Steny Hoyer Announces Reelection Bid: The 'Soul of America' is 'At Risk'

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Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD.) announced that he would be running for re-election, citing how the “soul of America” was “at risk.”

In a statement issued on Monday, Hoyer, 84, announced that he would be running for a 23rd term in Congress, pointing to how this current Congress was the “most partisan and polarized” he had ever served in. Hoyer continued to cast blame on Republicans for their “intra-party divisions” that have been “blocking important progress for the American people.”

Hoyer has represented Maryland’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. Prior to this, Hoyer had also served as President of the Maryland Senate between 1975 and 1978. He has also served as House Democratic Whip twice, from January 2003 to January 2007 and then again between January 2013 and January 2019.

The longstanding representative from Maryland has also served as House Majority Leader twice, once from January 2007 to January 2011, and then again from January 2019 to January 2023.

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“I believe in the next Congress we will have a Democratic Majority that will be able to deliver for families in Maryland and across the country,” Hoyer wrote in his statement.

“During this coming election, the values, character, and very soul of America are at risk,” Hoyer added. “Freedom, which makes our nation exceptional, will be on the ballot. That freedom, that democracy, has been preserved by the blood and ballots of patriots so that, in Lincoln’s words, this nation ‘…should not perish from the earth.'”

Hoyer is Maryland’s longest-serving member of Congress, along with Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) who was first elected in 1986.

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“Given these stakes, I believe I have more work to complete on behalf of my district, my state, and my country,” Hoyer added. “I am blessed to have the good health, strength, and enduring passion necessary to continue serving my constituents at this decisive moment of Maryland and America.”

This article appeared originally on Independent Journal Review (IJR).

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