Cummings Announces Subcommittee Chairs and Full Committee Vice Chair
Washington, D.C. (Jan. 24, 2019)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, announced the new Subcommittee Chairs for the 116th Congress, as well as the new full Committee Vice Chair:
“I am pleased to announce our Subcommittee Chairs for the 116th Congress, as well as the new Vice Chair for the full Committee. I am confident each of these exemplary leaders will tackle the issues that matter the most to the American people while also conducting independent, rigorous oversight of the Executive Branch, as the Constitution demands. I congratulate all of my colleagues and look forward to working with them over the next two years on behalf of all of our constituents.”
Subcommittee on National Security—Chairman Stephen F. Lynch (MA): As one of the most senior Members of the Oversight Committee, Chairman Lynch has been a leader on national security issues for many years and has the distinction of having traveled to Afghanistan more frequently than any other Member of Congress. He will lead the Subcommittee’s oversight efforts on national security, homeland security, foreign operations (including the relationships of the United States with other nations), immigration, defense, and veterans.
Subcommittee on Government Operations—Chairman Gerry Connolly (VA): Chairman Connolly has been a fierce defender of the rights of federal employees and has focused on bipartisan reforms in the operations of federal agencies. The Subcommittee will conduct oversight of the federal civil service, whistleblower protections, the Postal Service, government management and accounting measures, the economy, efficiency, and management of government operations and activities, government reorganization, intergovernmental affairs, federal information technology security, acquisition policy, and management, and federal property.
Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy—Chairman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL): Chairman Krishnamoorthi previously served as the president of small businesses focused on research and development in the renewable energy and national security industries, and he also served as the founding Special Assistant Attorney General in Illinois’ anti-corruption unit. The Subcommittee will have jurisdiction over income inequality and policies that affect the growth and prosperity of the middle class (including education, housing, labor, trade, small business, and agriculture), securities regulation, consumer protection, private sector information technology security, policy, and management, intellectual property, and telecommunications.
Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties—Chairman Jamie Raskin (MD): As the Committee’s resident constitutional law expert, Chairman Raskin has been a professor at American University for more than 25 years. The Subcommittee will focus on issues related to civil rights, civil liberties, the equal protection of laws, voting rights, freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly, equal employment, nondisclosure agreements, criminal justice reform policies, and the Census Bureau.
Subcommittee on the Environment—Chairman Harley Rouda (CA): As a freshman and former businessman from southern California, Chairman Rouda received endorsements from Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters and has promoted clean energy initiatives that protect the environment while incentivizing economic growth. The Subcommittee will focus on issues relating to global climate change, environmental protection, public lands, endangered species, air and water quality, oceans, public health, conservation, international agreements, energy policy, research and development, regulatory affairs, and federal paperwork reduction.
Full Committee Vice Chair—Rep. Katie Hill (CA): Vice Chair Hill is a dynamic new freshman who previously served as the Executive Director of People Assisting The Homeless (PATH)—the largest homeless services organization in California—and helped thousands of chronically homeless individuals, veterans, and families transition into permanent housing. She will be assisting Chairman Cummings with all aspects of the Committee’s operations and playing a lead role in helping to craft the Committee’s oversight agenda for the 116th Congress. Vice Chair Hill made the following statement today:
“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve as Vice Chair for the Committee on Oversight and Reform. We absolutely have to make sure that those with the privilege of public service are deserving of public trust. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure we are always committed above all to the truth and the American people.”