Maloney elected to be Oversight Committee’s first female chair

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, joined by US Senator Charles Schumer (left) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (right), at an event earlier this year (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has been elected chair of the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday after she was nominated by the House Democratic steering committee earlier this week.

The New York Post reported that Maloney got the nomination after a vote from the steering committee in a meeting on Tuesday.

“I am deeply humbled and grateful to my colleagues for entrusting me with the chairmanship,” Maloney said after she was elected to the permanent position. “I’m honored by this opportunity to do more for the American people and will do my best to follow the honorable example that Chairman Cummings left for us all. There’s much work to be done, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Maloney became the acting chair of the Oversight Committee in October following the sudden death of Representative Elijah Cummings, who was previously the chair. Prior to her nomination, she faced three other challengers in a run for the permanent position.

According to the Post, the initial round of voting was a four-way run-off with California Representative Jackie Speier, Massachusetts Representative Stephen Lynch and Virginia Representative Gerald Connolly. Maloney beat Connolly in the second round of voting 36-16, the Post reported.

The final vote with all House Democrats occurred after T&V’s deadline on Wednesday but Maloney was poised to become the first female leader of the committee while the impeachment inquiry and investigations into President Trump are ongoing.

Maloney is the fifth chair from New York, joining Congressman Jerry Nadler at the Judiciary Committee, Congresswoman Nita Lowey at Appropriations, Congressman Eliot Engel at Foreign Affairs and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez on the Small Business Committee.

The Oversight Committee is one of three committees that has been leading the impeachment inquiry, along with the Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. The committee has also been investigating the president’s conduct and his administration’s policies regarding whether Trump is profiting from foreign governments that visit his hotel in Washington, DC, in violation of the Constitution, in addition to his administration’s family separation policy. The committee has also held hearings on the administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

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