With Democrats back in the majority of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Jamie Raskin of Takoma Park is now “Mr. Chairman.”

Raskin, who last month was elected to the House Democratic leadership, Thursday added to his new clout: He will chair a new subcommittee of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, with jurisdiction over civil rights and civil liberties issues. He was appointed by a fellow Marylander, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore, who will chair the full Oversight and Reform Committee.

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