Steny Hoyer's Inspiration From John F. Kennedy

The Marylander says he went into public service because of JFK.

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

It's easy for Steny Hoyer to inspire young people. He just talks about college. "First semester I got a 1.7," the House majority leader tells young people attending the 80 Million Strong summit in Washington recently. "I thought, 'That's not too bad,' so I rested." He got a 1.0 grade-point average and dropped out for a semester. After he returned, a speaker was coming to campus, but Hoyer wasn't sold on listening until he saw the speaker's car: a 1958 Pontiac. How cool, he thought. "That individual, as you probably guessed, was John Fitzgerald Kennedy," says Hoyer, who decided that day to go into public service. "So you don't think I'm a real dummy, I graduated high honors that semester with a 3.8," the Marylander says. "In school, I found out that opening the book made a big difference when you took the test."

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