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Ossoff named chairman of Senate investigations subcommittee

Ossoff named chairman of Senate investigations subcommittee
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Freshman Sen. Jon OssoffJon OssoffGeorgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee Wray hints at federal response to SolarWinds hack Georgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting MORE (D-Ga.) was announced Wednesday as the new chairman of the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, a panel with broad jurisdiction to investigate corruption.

Ossoff will have power to issue subpoenas as chairman. The subcommittee, which is part of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has conducted investigations in a wide array of areas over the years, including corporate abuses and international terrorism. 

“This Subcommittee will pursue the truth, inform the public, and hold power to account,” Ossoff said in a news release.

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Ossoff was named chairman of the investigations subcommittee less than two months after he and Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockGeorgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks Trump says 2018 endorsement of Kemp 'hurt' Republicans MORE (D-Ga.) won Senate runoffs in Georgia that gave Democrats control of the Senate when President BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE took office.

Ossoff's office noted that the senator, 34, is the youngest chair of the subcommittee, and that another Georgia Democrat, former Sen. Sam Nunn, led the subcommittee from 1979 to 1980 and from 1987 to 1994.

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Ossoff was CEO of an investigative media production company. Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Gary PetersGary PetersAlarming threat prompts early exit, underscoring security fears Five takeaways from dramatic Capitol security hearing Troops defending Capitol sickened by undercooked meat: report MORE (D-Mich.) said Ossoff's background will serve him well in leading the subcommittee.

“As a former investigative journalist, Senator Ossoff is uniquely qualified to chair this prestigious subcommittee, which is instrumental to holding our nation’s most powerful entities accountable for wrongdoing,” Peters said. “I look forward to working with him to shed a light on fraud, financial crimes, and other kinds of malpractice whether they take place in the public or private sector.”

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenate coronavirus bill delayed until Thursday Democrats cut deals to bolster support for relief bill Senate GOP will force clerks to read bill to delay COVID-19 relief vote MORE (Wis.) will serve as the top Republican on the subcommittee.