Nov 12, 2019

Elijah Cummings' widow to run for his House seat

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings during the funeral of her husband, Rep. Elijah Cummings, in Baltimore on Oct. 25. Photo: Julio Cortez-Pool/Getty Images

Maryland Democratic Party Chairwoman Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), told the Baltimore Sun Monday that she'll run for his seat in the state's 7th Congressional District.

I am, of course, devastated at the loss of my spouse, but his spirit is with me. I’m going to run this race and I’m going to run it hard, as if he’s still right here by my side."
— Maya Rockeymoore Cummings' comments to the Baltimore Sun

The big picture: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) called a special election for next year to fill Cummings' seat following his death last month from long-standing health complications.

  • Cummings was one of the most influential House Democrats and civil rights leaders. As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, he was a leading figure in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

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Rep. Carolyn Maloney picked to chair House Oversight Committee

Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), flanked by Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) will become the first woman to chair the House Oversight Committee, after defeating Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) in a caucus-wide vote, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Maloney has been acting as the committee's chair since the Oct. 17 death of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) Leading the Oversight Committee will thrust Maloney into the center of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The Oversight Committee is one of the congressional panels leading the probe.

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Georgia GOP Rep. Tom Graves to retire in 2020

Rep. Tom Graves. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election in 2020.

The big picture: Graves is the 20th House Republican to announce his retirement in 2020, but his seat in Georgia's 14th district is considered an extremely safe GOP seat, according to Cook Political Report.

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Young Turks' founder Cenk Uygur running to fill ex-Rep. Katie Hill's seat

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Cenk Uygur, founder of the liberal news site The Young Turks, announced he is running to replace Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.), in a tweet Thursday night.

The state of play: Uygur is also running against former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos — who, in 2017, pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI about Russian contacts. The seat's previous holder Rep. Steve Knight (R), who Hill defeated in 2018, is running again as well.

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