Manhattan Rep. Carolyn Maloney Tuesday cleared her first hurdle to become chair of the powerful House Oversight Committee, succeeding the late Rep. Elijah Cummings.
Maloney got the nomination from the House Democratic steering committee in a meeting Tuesday afternoon and the full Democratic caucus will finalize the vote on her chairmanship Wednesday.
She’d become the first female leader of the Oversight Committee at a critical time of the impeachment inquiry and intense investigations into President Trump.
Maloney has been acting chair since Cumming’s sudden death. But she faced three other challengers in a spirited run off for the permanent position.
Maloney beat Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) in the second round of voting 36-16, according to a Democratic aide. The initial round of votes was a four-way runoff run with Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), Connolly and Maloney.
Maloney’s ascension makes five New York chairs — the most in modern history.
Joining Maloney are Rep. Jerry Nadler at the Judiciary Committee; Rep. Nita Lowey at Appropriations; Rep. Eliot Engel at Foreign Affairs and Rep. Nydia Velázquez, as chair of the House Small Business Committee.
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