NY Rep. Maloney To Chair House Committee After Cummings’ Death

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October 17, 2019 - 2:33 pm
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will take over as the acting chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee following the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings.

A senior Democratic leadership aide confirmed the new on Thursday morning after Cummings office announced the Baltimore congressman died of complications from an ongoing heath issue.

Maloney, 73, took to Twitter to send her condolences to Cummings family, saying she “lost a dear friend and mentor.”

“In an era where our politics have been plagued by coarseness and personal attacks, Elijah represented grace, dignity and empathy under the most trying of circumstances,” she said in a statement.

The New York Democrat has served in Congress since 1993 and most recently faced her own health scare when she was transported to the hospital following a public appearance in Chinatown.

Her staff said that after a brief stay in the hospital, she is feeling much better.

The process to elect a permanent chair will be announced at a later date. The panel now headed by Maloney has had a leading role in the House's impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump.