Congressman Steny Hoyer, the #2 Democrat in the House of Representatives behind Nancy Pelosi, will be in New York City on Thursday to raise campaign cash for Josh Welle, the Democrat running against Congressman Chris Smith in the 4th congressional district of New Jersey, according to an invitation to the fundraiser obtained by MMM.
Hoyer entered the House in 1981, the same year as Smith.
79 years old, Hoyer started his political career as a staffer for U.S. Senator Daniel Brewster from 1962 through 1966. Pelosi was also on Brewster’s staff at the time. In 1966, Hoyer was elected to the Maryland State Senate. He became President of the Maryland Senate in 1975. He sought the Democrat nomination for Maryland Lt. Governor in 1978. He lost, but got an appointment to the Maryland Board of Higher Education as a consolation prize. He served on that board until he was elected to Congress in a special election on May 19, 1981.
Welle says he’s running against Smith because he is a career politician who has been in Washington too long.