Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
July 8, 2021
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today announced the start of this year’s annual Member Online All-Star Competition, which challenges House Democratic Members and Committee Majorities to increase their followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube over a three-week period and to demonstrate creativity in how they use digital tools to reach constituents and share useful information with the public. The top fifty Members, three Committees, and two Caucuses who gain the most new followers will be named as Online All-Stars in a competition that, in past years, has seen House Democrats add more followers in three weeks than in a typical six-month period. 
 
“This competition has been tremendously successful in helping House Democrats reach more Americans with our message of opportunity, justice, and equality using innovative digital tools,” said Leader Hoyer. “These social media platforms enable Democrats to communicate directly with millions of our constituents to help them engage with the issues affecting them and their communities and to ensure that their voices are heard in Washington. Each year, Members’ and Committees’ digital engagement gets more and more creative, and I look forward to seeing what new ideas they come up with in 2021.”
 
This will be the twelfth year that Leader Hoyer has overseen the Member Online All-Star Competition. Throughout that time, House Democrats have added more than 4.2 million new followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube over the 11 previous contests. 
 
During the three-week competition, which began yesterday, the number of new followers gained by Members, Committees, and Caucuses are tracked on a scoreboard. The top 50 Members at the conclusion of the contest will be named Online All-Stars, the top finisher will be named the MVP, and the top freshman office will be named Freshman MVP. The top three Committees and the top two Caucuses are also named Online All-Stars. Additionally, "Creative Category" awards will be presented for best online video, best web graphic, best GIF, best online ad, best Franked-email, best constituent services post, and best e-newsletter.
 
An online trophy case highlighting previous winners over the 11 years of the contest can be found here.
 
Over the next three weeks, the scoreboard will be automatically updated each morning, pulling new numbers from all Members’ and Committees’ accounts. The top fifty will be visible to the public throughout the competition here, and the full scoreboard will be available only to House Democratic staff here