PRESS RELEASE: Whip Steny Hoyer Kicks off New Speaker Series

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Contact: Mitchell Rivard, (202) 595-4885mitchell.rivard@mail.house.gov

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer Kicks off LGBT Congressional Staff Association’s New Speaker Series
Second-Ranking House Democrat Shares Perspective from Time As Intern, Staffer and Now Congressman on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON – The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Congressional Staff Association (CSA) today hosted its first-ever ‘Speaker Series’ on Capitol Hill, focusing on fostering engaging and productive conversations with decision makers and key Members of Congress. Today’s guest was House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), the second-ranking member of the House Democratic Leadership. A courtesy photo of the lunch can be viewed here.

“We are thrilled that Whip Hoyer could help us kick off our speaker series for staffers on Capitol Hill,” said Mitchell Rivard, Vice President of the LGBT CSA. “As a former intern and staffer on Capitol Hill who has ascended to the second highest leadership position in the Democratic Caucus, Whip Hoyer offers our members a unique perspective as they look to further their careers or run for public office. He has been a champion for LGBT issues in Congress and we look forward to continuing to work with him.”

From 1962 to 1966, during his undergraduate and law school years, Hoyer served on the staff of U.S. Sen. Daniel Brewster of Maryland. In 1981, Hoyer was elected to Congress to represent Maryland's Fifth Congressional District and has served in Congress for 33 years. He also served in the Maryland State Senate from 1966 to 1979, and was elected as the youngest President of the Senate in Maryland’s history in 1975.

“The LGBT Congressional Staff Association is playing an important role in promoting equality and advancing the causes of non-discrimination and tolerance, and I was honored to have been invited to speak as part of its lecture series today,” stated Whip Hoyer. “I’m pleased that LGBT staff have come together to establish a strong and proud presence on Capitol Hill, and I know this association will continue to enhance Congress’s work for years to come.” 

Whip Hoyer is a strong supporter of LGBT equality and is committed to protecting the rights of all Americans, including LGBT individuals. Whip Hoyer played a leading role in repealing the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy when he was Majority Leader.  He has been a strong advocate for overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), including joining an amicus brief to the Supreme Court arguing that DOMA was unconstitutional, and opposing House Republicans’ decision to defend DOMA in court.   

In June, the LGBT CSA announced its new board of directors, including Michelle Mittler being appointed as the organization’s first female president and Rivard serving as Vice President. A courtesy photo of the new board can be viewed here.

The LGBT CSA is a bipartisan, officially sanctioned organization whose mission is to advance the interests of LGBT House of Representatives staff, and advocate for the LGBT community at large. For more information, visit: www.lgbtcsa.org.

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