Greensboro College Alumna Becomes Acting Chair of U.S. House Oversight Committee
GREENSBORO, N.C. — U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bosher Maloney ’68 will become acting chair of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the wake of the death Oct. 17 of its chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.
Maloney is the Democrat with the most seniority on the committee. Democrats will select a permanent chair at a meeting yet to be scheduled, The Washington Post reported Oct. 17.
Her appointment comes at a critical time for the committee, which is one of three House committees investigating possible articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. Cummings reportedly was signing subpoenas for administration officials and associates from his hospice bed as recently as 12 hours before he died.
Maloney has issued no statement thus far on her new status as acting chair. She did, however, issue a statement hailing Cummings for his service:
“In an era where our politics have been plagued by coarseness and personal attacks, Elijah represented grace, dignity and empathy under the most trying of circumstances.
“His legacy – his fight for fairness, justice, and equality – should be an inspiration to us all.”
As a Greensboro College student, Maloney served in the state student legislature, was a cheerleader, and was editor-in-chief of The Echo, the college’s yearbook.
She was active in theatre and in the GC Sons & Daughters Club, an organization for legacy students, and served as an orientation leader and student marshal. As a senior, she was awarded the Senior Superlative of Outstanding in School Spirit and served as vice president of Alpha Kappa Gamma.
After graduating from Greensboro College with a degree in speech, Maloney taught and served as a public-school administrator in New York before going to work in 1977 for the New York legislature.
She held senior staff positions in both the State House and State Senate before winning a seat on the New York City Council in 1982. She served there until her election to Congress in 1992, when she became the first woman to represent what was then the 14th District.
Today, she represents New York’s 12th District, which includes much of Manhattan and parts of Queens and Brooklyn.
Maloney has two daughters, Christina and Virginia. Her mother, an aunt and a cousin also are Greensboro College graduates. She was the college’s Commencement speaker in 2006.
Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.
Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features an 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.greensboro.edu.