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Hoyer announces bid for House majority leader
House Minority Whip Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md). (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) announced Wednesday that he would seek to become House majority leader when Democrats take control of the chamber next year.

Hoyer, 79, previously held the same position when Democrats were last the majority party eight years ago. He currently serves as minority whip, the No. 2 position for Democrats behind House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is seeking to become speaker next year.

“I’ve heard from many of you that you want experienced leaders who will fight against President Trump’s worst policies, while being willing to work together where cooperation is possible on areas where we agree,” Hoyer said in a letter to his Democratic colleagues. “You want leaders who welcome new ideas and different ways of doing things, who will effectively advance our policy priorities, and who will convey an effective message to the American people. That is why I’m running for Majority Leader in the 116th Congress, and I look forward to serving the Caucus.”

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