House Democrats named New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney acting chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday. This puts Maloney at the helm, at least temporarily, of one of the panels investigating President Trump as part of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
Maloney, 73, was second in seniority on the investigatory panel behind Chairman Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat who died early Thursday morning at 68 after a long illness. Maloney, first elected to the House in 1992, may be poised to take over the committee’s leadership permanently. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California will make that call with the consent of the 234-member Democratic Caucus.