Steny Hoyer announces reelection bid, as ‘soul of America’ is at risk

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced his intention to run for reelection Monday, citing his concern for the “soul of America.”

Hoyer, 84, has held his position since 1981. He has served as House majority leader twice during his tenure, with the latest being from 2019-2023. On Monday, he announced he would run for his seat again, pointing to the rule of House Republicans as necessitating his decision.

“During this coming election, the values, character, and very soul of America are at risk,” Hoyer said in a statement.

“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,’” he added.

“Given these stakes, I believe I have more work to complete on behalf of my
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