Maloney to serve as acting Oversight chairwoman after Cummings's death

Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyGun control group rolls out House endorsements Overnight Defense: Pentagon watchdog sidelined by Trump resigns | Plan would reportedly bring troops in Afghanistan back by Election Day | Third service member dies from COVID-19 Business groups throw support behind House Democrat's bill to provide pandemic risk insurance MORE (D-N.Y.) will fill in as acting chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee following the death of Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsThe Postal Service collapse that isn't happening House Democrat reintroduces bill to reduce lobbyist influence The Hill's Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid MORE (D-Md.).

Cummings served as the committee’s top Democrat since 2011 as both the ranking minority member and chairman until his passing early Thursday from long-running health problems.
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Maloney is the next in seniority on the Oversight and Reform Committee, which under House rules means that she becomes acting chairwoman in the event of a sudden vacancy, a leadership aide said.
 
The aide said that the Democratic caucus process to elect a permanent chair will be announced at a later time.
 
Maloney had previously sought the top Democratic slot on the Oversight panel in December 2010, but Cummings beat her out for the ranking member post even though she ranked higher in seniority at the time.
 
Maloney will take over as acting chairwoman during a critical stretch in the early stages of Democrats' impeachment inquiry.
 
In a statement on Cummings's death, Maloney called him "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 said.

Maloney drew attention in 2012 when Republicans controlled the House during a hearing that included discussion about the Obama administration's regulation that health insurance cover contraception.

The hearing's first panel of five witnesses did not include any women, prompting Maloney to ask repeatedly: "Where are the women?"
 
Cummings, who represented Baltimore, had not been seen at the Capitol in the last two weeks for closed-door witness testimony. But he had signed off on a flurry of subpoenas issued by the Oversight and Reform, Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs committees in recent weeks.
 
Maloney has served in the House since 1993 representing a district based in Manhattan. 
 
Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonDC delegate calls for closure of Lincoln and Jefferson memorials DC argues it is shortchanged by coronavirus relief bill An inclusive democracy Demands DC statehood MORE, the District of Columbia's non-voting delegate, is the next in seniority on the committee, followed by Reps. Wm. Lacy ClayWilliam (Lacy) Lacy ClayThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Pence visits Orlando as all 50 states reopen The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin, Powell: Economy may need more boost; Trump defends malaria drug Democrats lobby Biden on VP choice MORE (D-Mo.) and Stephen LynchStephen Francis LynchHouse Democrats object to Trump sending ventilators to Russia Hillicon Valley: House Dems push for B in state election funds | Amazon suspends over 6,000 sellers for price gouging | Google says 18M malicious coronavirus emails sent daily House Democrats push hard for mail-in voting funds MORE (D-Mass.).
 
Clay declined to say Thursday if he would be interested in pursuing the vacancy, but didn’t rule it out either.
 
“I have no interest in discussing this today,” Clay said. “This man has just passed within the last 12 hours.”
 
Clay said that discussion of a successor for Cummings would “come another day.”
 
 
The normally talkative Connolly, leaving a closed-door whip meeting on Thursday, appeared visibly emotional and declined to comment to reporters.
 
Democratic leaders mourned Cummings's passing during the meeting, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers MORE (D-Calif.), who noted their mutual connection to Baltimore, and House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse pays tribute to late Congressman Sam Johnson on the floor Barbara Lee: Congress should focus on eliminating poverty House cancels planned Thursday vote on FISA MORE (D-Md.), the dean of the Maryland delegation, according to lawmakers in the room.
 
"She's personally shocked and hurt," Rep. Hank JohnsonHenry (Hank) C. JohnsonProgressives urge Democrats to hear from federal judge deeply critical of Roberts, conservatives House approves bill banning flavored tobacco products Clinton advises checking your voter registration during Trump's State of the Union MORE (D-Ga.) said of Pelosi. "But she's pressing forward. But she knows that that is what he would want her to do."

Pelosi announced at a news conference that Democrats' bill to address the cost of prescription drugs would be named after Cummings, who had made the issue one of his top priorities.
 
Updated: 2:35 p.m.