Newton Steers

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Newton Ivan Steers, Jr. (January 13, 1917–February 11, 1993), a Republican, was a U.S. Congressman who represented Maryland's 8th congressional district from January 3, 1977 to January 3, 1979.

Early life[edit]

Steers was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and attended the White Plains, New York, public schools. He graduated from the Hotchkiss School of Lakeville, Connecticut, in 1935, and received a B.A. from Yale University in 1939. He obtained a Certificate of Advanced Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1943, and his J.D. degree from the Yale Law School in 1948.

Personal life[edit]

In 1957 Steers married Nina Gore Auchincloss (born 1935), the daughter of Hugh D. Auchincloss, a half sister of the writer Gore Vidal and a stepsister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. They had three children, Hugh Auchincloss Steers (1963 — 1995), Ivan Steers, and Burr Steers (born 1965). They were divorced in 1974.


Steers was admitted to the New York bar (1958), and later to the District of Columbia bar (1967), and worked with the DuPont company from 1939 to 1941. During World War II, he served in United States Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1946. After the war, he worked with GAF Corp. from 1948 to 1951, and the United States Atomic Energy Commission from 1951 to 1953. He also became president of several investment companies in New York from 1953 through 1965.

In 1962, Steers entered politics and was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1962 to the 88th Congress. He served as Maryland Republican State chairman from 1964 to 1966, and as Maryland State insurance commissioner from 1967 to 1970. In 1970, Steers became Maryland Assistant Secretary of Licensing and Regulation and a member of the Maryland State Senate, serving from 1971 to 1977. He served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1964 and 1984.

In 1976, Steers was elected as a Republican to the 95th Congress over Democrat Lanny Davis and independent Robin Ficker, serving from January 3, 1977, until January 3, 1979. He ran for reelection in 1978 to the 96th Congress and lost to Democrat Michael D. Barnes, and unsuccessfully challenged Barnes in 1980. He was also an unsuccessful candidate for election as Lieutenant Governor of Maryland in 1982, losing to Democrat J. Joseph Curran, Jr. Steers was a resident of Bethesda, Maryland, until his death there in 1993.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gilbert Gude
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Michael D. Barnes