(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) will serve as Chairman of the newly created Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in the 116th Congress as he continues his service on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform in his second Term. Raskin will lead the Subcommittee whose jurisdiction includes: civil rights; civil liberties; voting rights; freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly; equal employment; nondisclosure agreements; criminal justice reform; and oversight of the Census Bureau.

“I’m honored to serve as Chairman of this important oversight subcommittee,” “We’ll shine a bright light on violations of the civil rights and civil liberties of the people wherever they occur and we’ll work to make progress at a time when our most precious values are under attack. I’m looking forward to getting to work with an all-star roster of subcommittee Members.”

Raskin thanked the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Elijah Cummings (MD-7), for his leadership. “Chairman Cummings’ leadership has sparkled like a diamond in this tawdry period of American life. It is an honor beyond measure to work with him.”

Members of the Oversight Committee serving on the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties include: Reps. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), William Lacy Clay (MO-1), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Robin Kelly (IL-2), Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), and Ayanna Pressley (MA-7).

Congressman Raskin has been a professor of constitutional law for more than a quarter-century at American University’s Washington College of Law and is the author of several books and dozens of law review articles in the fields of constitutional law, civil rights, civil liberties and voting rights.    

Raskin will also be a member of the Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations, led by Chairman Gerry Connolly (VA-11). The Subcommittee will conduct oversight of the federal civil service, whistleblower protections, the Postal Service, government management and accounting measures, the economy, efficiency, and management of government operations and activities, government reorganization, intergovernmental affairs, federal information technology security, acquisition policy, and management, and federal property.