Rep. Carolyn Maloney Becomes Acting Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee

The announcement follows the death Thursday of Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings who served as chair.

Cummings 280x210Maloney is the number two Democrat in seniority on the panel. The caucus process to elect a permanent chair will be announced at a later time.

Cummings' Seat
Meantime, Governor Larry Hogan has 10 days to announce a special election to fill the 7th District seat left vacant by Cummings’ death. The special primary election will be held on a Tuesday that is at least 65 days after the date of the proclamation, and the special general election will be held on a Tuesday at least 65 days after the primary.

It is widely expected that Cummings’ widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, who is chair of the Maryland Democratic Party will consider running. She briefly ran for Governor in 2016.

Other potential candidates include Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Delegate Nick Mosby, Delegate Talmadge Branch, Senator Jill Carter, Senator Antonio Hayes and Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary, Delegate Keith Haynes and Delegate Charles Sydnor III.

Honoring Rep. Cummings
Members of the public will have the opportunity to pay their respects to the late Congressman. Morgan State University will host a public viewing and celebration of Cummings' life Wednesday.

On Thursday, the body of Rep. Cummings will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol. A formal ceremony for members of Congress, the Cummings family and invited guests will be held in the morning, followed by a public viewing.

A wake and funeral is planned the following day at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore.