The 2019 Women Power 100
Just as President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry is heating up, Rep. Carolyn Maloney has taken on a pivotal role in the proceedings as acting chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. As the most senior member of the committee when then-Chairman Elijah Cummings died last month, she is in a strong position to assume the post in a permanent capacity in an upcoming party vote.
Maloney, who represents parts of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn and has served in Congress since 1993, is also vice chair of the Joint Economic Committee and a senior member of the Financial Services Committee. She was deeply involved in passing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act in the House, going so far as to wear a firefighter’s jacket on Capitol Hill. Her advocacy for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution may also come to fruition in the coming months, with a Democratic takeover in the Virginia state Legislature making it a real possibility. She has also been a champion of legislation that aims to help nonprofit organizations.