The South Asian Times

06 December 2019 10:59 AM

Carolyn Maloney to lead powerful House panel

Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York will become the chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee after winning a caucus-wide vote for the post, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a news release Wednesday. She'll be the first woman to lead the powerful panel.

Maloney defeated Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia by 133-86, according to a source familiar.

"The Congress and the country were devastated by the loss of Chairman Elijah Cummings, a master of the House who led the Committee on Oversight and Reform with great honor, integrity and principle," Pelosi said. "Now, our Caucus has elected Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, a deeply respected and battle-tested leader, to this critical post."

The California Democrat said Maloney will bring "outstanding legislative experience and knowledge of the workings of the Congress that will strengthen the Oversight Committee's work at this critical time in our nation's history."

The House committee is important not only because of its role in the impeachment inquiry, but it's also played a major role in taking on issues the Democratic Party had with the Trump administration before the Ukraine matter. The committee held hearings on the census citizenship question, the administration's border policies and its security clearance policies earlier in the year.

The caucus vote Wednesday came after Maloney won the House Democratic steering committee's recommendation for the post by 36-16 in a runoff against Connolly, according to two Democratic aides. (Source:

Update: 02 Dec, 2019