I've worked with Congressman Hoyer for 14 years.  His election as the Majority Leader is wonderful news for the country, the Congress and for Maryland because he is a proven leader - a great team leader and a great team player.  As the Dean of the Maryland House delegation, he and Senator Paul Sarbanes set the tone for all of us to leave our partisanship at the door and work together for what's best for the state.   Maryland is a small state, but we're the envy of the other 49 states with the election of Steny Hoyer as House Majority Leader and with Speaker-elect Pelosi's Baltimore roots.