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Rep. Raskin to Serve on Oversight and Government Reform Committee

January 12, 2017
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) has been appointed to serve on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR) in the 115th Congress. OGR is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, and has legislative jurisdiction over a broad and diverse set of issues including: federal civil services, government management and operations, municipal affairs of the District of Columbia, public information and records, national archives, and more.

“It is a high honor to be appointed to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee,” said Raskin. “This assignment presents enormous opportunities to serve the people of Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.”

“The broad investigative powers and expansive authority of OGR must be used to effectively promote the public interest. The Committee should never be used to advance a partisan political agenda or to undermine the federal workforce. Maryland’s 8th District is home to more than 88,000 federal employees, who have already been unfairly targeted by deceptive and baseless political attacks. I will stand with my friend and fellow Marylander, Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, and all of my colleagues on the committee, to guard federal workers and the critical work they are doing to protect the land, the water, the air, the people, and the nation.”

“I also welcome the opportunity to work with my Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. colleagues to address the challenges facing our regional transportation authority, WMATA, which provides essential transportation for hundreds of thousands of my constituents.”

Maryland’s 8th Congressional District is home to the headquarters of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It also hosts support offices for the Department of Health and Human Services and contains other federal assets such as Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Camp David.

Raskin, a constitutional law professor, has also been assigned to serve on the House Judiciary Committee.

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Congressman Jamie Raskin represents Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, which includes Montgomery, Frederick, and Carroll counties. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Raskin is the Freshman Representative on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, the Congressional Progressive Caucus Vice Chair and Liaison to New Members, and a Senior Whip for the House Democratic Caucus.