House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Democrats steamroll toward showdown on House floor Panic begins to creep into Democratic talks on Biden agenda MORE (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday that Reps. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) and Deb HaalandDeb HaalandOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Haaland calls for attention for slain Indigneous women amid Petito case Haaland calls for 'balance' in federal oil and gas program MORE (D-N.M.) will join the House Oversight Committee, taking the places of former Reps. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFormer GOP congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik suing Candace Owens for defamation Former Cummings staffer unveils congressional bid McCarthy, GOP face a delicate dance on Jan. 6 committee MORE (D-Md.) and Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillKatie Hill launches effort to protect Democratic majority in House Katie Hill says 'it would take a lot' to convince her to run again for House The tale of the last bipartisan unicorns MORE (D-Calif.).
Cummings died in October while he was serving as the panel's leader. Hill resigned in November after she was accused of having a sexual relationship with a staffer.
Pelosi praised Porter and Haaland, both of whom are first-term lawmakers, in a statement on Tuesday. She called Porter an "unparalleled champion for consumers and working families across America," and said that Haaland has "distinguished herself as a patriotic, persistent leader."
"The leadership of these outstanding Members will be vital in advancing the Committee’s work at this important time in our nation’s history: ensuring that the Congress can function as our Founders intended, as a co-equal branch acting as a check and balance on the others, and that our Democratic Majority can continue to achieve progress For The People," the speaker added.
Porter said in a Tuesday tweet that she was "excited" to join the committee.
I'm excited to announce that I'm joining @OversightDems. I've worked hard during my time in Congress to hold CEOs and top officials accountable to everyday Americans. I'll be using this new position to continue speaking up for working families. Stay tuned for updates.— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) December 18, 2019
The Oversight Committee is the House's main investigative panel and was one of the committees that was part of the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE. It has been led by Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyHouse Oversight demands answers on CBP's treatment of Haitian migrants House panel to examine states' abortion restrictions, hear from three congresswomen who've had abortions Overnight Defense & National Security: US-Australian sub deal causes rift with France MORE (D-N.Y.) following Cummings's death.
Cummings 68, died from "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," according to his office.
Hill resigned after explicit photos of her were leaked, which she said was by her husband, and after she was accused of having an affair with a congressional staffer. She denied the accusations but admitted to an affair with a campaign staffer.
During her final floor speech, Hill said she was leaving due to a "double standard" faced by women.