Hoyer Elected House Majority Leader
The vote is in, and the results are disappointing. Steny Hoyer beat John Murtha by a vote of 149 to 86 in the election for House majority leader.
WASHINGTON — House Democrats chose Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland as their majority leader today after a bruising fight that cast a cloud over the party’s post-election celebration.
The election of Mr. Hoyer over Representative John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, by a vote of 149 to 86, was an embarrassing setback for Representative Nancy J. Pelosi of California, who will be speaker of the House in the new Congress and had backed Mr. Murtha.