Today, Gwen Graham announced House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer is endorsing her campaign for governor. Hoyer said Graham is the best candidate. Hoyer is the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 5th congressional district, serving since 1981. The district includes a large swath of rural and suburban territory southeast of Washington, D.C.
Hoyer said the following about his endorsement of Graham “After raising three children as a working mom, PTA president and public school official, Gwen Graham ran for office to get things done for hardworking families. She stood up for every Floridian and every American by fighting for commonsense reforms, and always put her constituents first, including returning more than $2.5 million to Florida seniors, families and veterans. Just like Washington, Tallahassee badly needs Gwen’s voice of reason, and I’m proud to enthusiastically support her campaign for governor,” Hoyer said. “Gwen is smart, disciplined, tough, caring and compassionate. She is the best candidate to win this race and the best qualified to serve the people of Florida as their next governor.”
In Congress, Graham fought to defend the Affordable Care Act, participated in the House sit in for commonsense gun safety, and was a strong advocate for women’s rights and equality. She sponsored bipartisan legislation to prevent government shutdowns and ban congressional perks, and she prioritized constituent services, returning more than $2.5 million in benefits owed to Floridians — all while cutting her office’s operating budget by 15 percent.
“After a life full of experiences, raising a family and working for my local school district, I decided to run for office to make a difference for Floridians. In just two years, we had many great accomplishments — from expanding the USDA’s StrikeForce against poverty to fighting to protect Florida from fracking and oil drilling,” Graham said. “Whip Hoyer’s friendship and support were an incredible help in my first race and throughout my service in the House. I’m honored to have his support again as we fight to repair the damage from the last twenty years of neglect and failed leadership coming out of Tallahassee.”