Maryland Congressmen Hoyer, Cummings Could Play Key Roles in New Democratic House

The Democratic takeover of the U.S. House positions a pair of Marylanders for influential new roles — one in the leadership and the other as chairman of a committee expected to step up scrutiny of the Trump administration.

Rep. Steny Hoyer, who long eyed the job of speaker if Democrats regained the House, will seek instead to return to the No. 2 role of majority leader, according to two people familiar with the Southern Maryland lawmaker’s thinking.