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Amie Hoeber: Congressional Candidate-to-be Earns Respect

Posted: October 12, 2015 at 9:47 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

deborah-lambert-smallBy Deborah Lambert

Among the growing list of District 6 Republicans who are focused on returning the congressional seat held by multi-millionaire John Delaney to the GOP, Amie Hoeber is gaining momentum and respect, even before she has openly declared her candidacy. The keys to her early success? Career accomplishments and fundraising ability.
A national security expert, business leader and women’s advocate, Hoeber served as Deputy Under-Secretary of the Army during the Reagan administration. Her exploratory campaign website notes that Hoeber’s “proudest achievement is her role in ensuring that our soldiers are now better prepared for unconventional attacks.” Hoeber has also been a leader in advancing opportunities for women in business and the military.

At the end of Reagan’s second term, Hoeber continued to serve under President George H.W. Bush as Representative to the Joint Commission on the Environment of the United States and Panama. In 1992, Ms. Hoeber launched her own firm, AMH Consulting, to advise the Federal government and private industry on defense, homeland security, protection against terrorism technology, and environmental cleanup programs. Her small business experience also includes serving on the Board of Directors of Versar Inc., EAI and Peter Hinz Consulting, LLC.
Along with her career credentials, Hoeber’s husband, Qualcomm executive Mark Epstein, is setting up a Super PAC to benefit her campaign, and will reportedly donate as much as $1 million of his personal assets to fund it.
“Super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts to advocate for or against candidates, have been utilized to direct funds to multiple congressional candidates since a 2010 Supreme Court decision—Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission—allowed for their creation,” according to Louis Peck, writing in Bethesda magazine, who added that “their use to benefit only a single candidate at the congressional level is a relatively new development.”

After she was reportedly encouraged to run by the Republican National Committee, eager to recruit a female candidate with relatively centrist leanings. Hoeber responded, saying that her forthcoming candidacy brings “a measured approach to issues that looks at practical solutions—and not extreme ideology—that can attract a broad range of voters, so that we can take back the district for the Republicans.”

Throughout her career, Amie Hoeber has been an advocate for the advancement of women in business, politics, and the military. She serves on the Board of the House of Ruth Maryland, an organization that supports women and children impacted by domestic violence. As one of the highest-ranking women in the Pentagon in the 1980s, Hoeber was instrumental in advancing opportunities for women in the military. A co-founder and past chair of the National Women’s Political Caucus chapters in both Northern Virginia and in Los Angeles, CA, Amie is also on the Advisory Board of Women in International Security and a member of the International Women’s Forum.

A graduate of Stanford University, she resides in Potomac, Maryland with Mark Epstein, a senior executive of Qualcomm. They are members of the B’nai Tzedek synagogue. She has one son, two stepsons, and four grandchildren.