Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
November 18, 2022
Contact Info: 
Raymond Rodriguez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – This morning, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss his decision to not seek elected leadership and the 118th Congress. Below are excerpts from his interview and a link to the video
 
Click here for a link to the video. 
 
On His Announcement to Not Seek Elected Leadership
“Why is it time? Well, I think for one thing when you're in the Minority, it really is time to train people to be in the Majority. I think we're going to take the Majority back in 2024. I think that Republican leadership is not going to be able to create unity and purpose. Ryan couldn't and Boehner couldn't and they both left because they couldn't. I think McCarthy will have a very, very tough time but it's a good time to have new leaders come in in the Minority and get their sea legs and make their positions known and to learn how to be a leader. So it seemed to me, yes, I could have been re-elected, but I’m not going to be there a lot longer. I kid people that I’m going to retire in 2036. I thought it was a good time. I think we have good people looking to get into office so of course I endorsed Hakeem Jeffries, an extraordinarily able guy, and I think he'll do an excellent job.”
 
“I'll still be on the Appropriations Committee and active. Very frankly, I expect to be in the room a lot of times making decisions because I think they'll want the advice and counsel of Jim Clyburn, who made the same decision I did.”
 
On Leadership Elections for the 118th Congress
“Well, they're very, very savvy people, these folks who are running, and they've been elected to Congress numerous times. They're not newcomers…I've got some work to do, I want to do on the Appropriations Committee for my district and for America, but I think we'll be there to try and help them.”
 
On Speaker Pelosi’s Legacy
Well, I think first of all, Nancy being the first [female] Speaker is a historic fact in and of itself…but the more important fact is she probably is one of the most consequential Speakers in history….from my view, and I've been there now – this is my 42nd year…by far the most able and effective and productive Speaker with whom I’ve served. You know, whether you -- the environmental acts she talked about…affordable health care, which we worked very closely on together. The four bills that we adopted in this session, extraordinary.”