WASHINGTON – Two Maryland congressmen were elected this week to Democratic leadership positions in the House.
Rep. Steny Hoyer, of Mechanicsville, was re-elected by fellow Democrats as co-chairman of the Democratic House Steering Committee.
The committee organizes the House committees and assigns their Democratic members. The committee also can help mold the party’s agenda, said Hoyer’s press secretary, Jerry Irvine.
“This puts him in high standing with the party,” Irvine said. Hoyer heads into his ninth term in the House in January.
Rep. Albert Wynn, of Largo, was elected as one of 10 majority whips by members of the Democratic caucus.
“It’s a big step up,” said Wynn’s press secretary, James Ballentine.
Wynn, who previously served as a regional whip, will be helping to count and sway votes on major Democratic leadership and administrative issues.
“It’s not only counting votes but also being with the Democratic leadership,” Ballentine said. Wynn will begin his third term in Congress in January. -30-