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Rep. Carolyn Maloney to Take Over Oversight Committee After Cummings Death: Reports

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) will be named as acting chair of the House Oversight Committee, one of the three panels investigating President Donald Trump amid an impeachment inquiry, following the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings on Thursday morning.

Democratic leadership aides told The Hill, New York-based Pix11, and the New York Post that Maloney will chair the panel.

Before Cummings death, Maloney was the next in seniority on the Oversight and Reform Committee. According to the rules of the House, she becomes the acting chairwoman in the event of a sudden vacancy.

The process to elect a permanent member will be carried out later, the Hill reported.

Today, our nation has lost a true leader and pioneer, and I have lost a dear friend and mentor. You will be missed, @RepCummings. pic.twitter.com/vxKj4SVT3u

— Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) October 17, 2019

Maloney, who was elected to the House in 1992, represents the Upper East Side of Manhattan, part of Brooklyn, parts of Queens, as well as Roosevelt Island in New York City.

On Thursday, she wrote on Twitter that 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,” Maloney tweeted. “His legacy — his fight for fairness, justice, and equality — should be an inspiration to us all.”

The Oversight and Reform Committee, tasked with investigating the federal government, is partaking in the impeachment inquiry of Trump. The House Intelligence Committee chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and the House Foreign Affairs Committee chaired by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) are the other two panels involved.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney in a March 3, 2017 file photo (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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