House Oversight Committee

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is a United States House of Representatives committee that has existed in varying forms since 1816.

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. After Republicans gained control of the House in 1995, the committee was reorganized to include just seven subcommittees. This reorganization consolidated the jurisdiction previously covered by 3 full committees and 14 subcommittees, and resulted in a 50 percent cut in staff. In 2007, Henry Waxman, D-Calif., the chairman of the committee, proposed an additional reorganization which combined the duties of the seven previous subcommittees into five. This reorganization was adopted by the full committee Jan. 18, 2007.

As of the 112th Congress, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is Rep. Darrell Issa of California and the ranking member is Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings.

The committee's government-wide oversight jurisdiction and expanded legislative authority make it one of the most influential and powerful committees in the House. The committee serves as Congress' chief investigative and oversight committee, and is granted broad jurisdiction. The chairman of the committee is the only committee chairman in the House with the authority to issue subpoenas without a committee vote. However, in recent history, it has become practice to refrain from unilateral subpoenas.

(Source: Wikipedia. Click here to see the complete Wikipedia entry for the House Oversight Committee.)

Photo above: House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Photo by House Oversight Committee via its flickr account.

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House Oversight Committee members

For the 113th Congress

Majority (Republican) members

  • Darrell Issa, California, Chairman
  • John Mica, Florida
  • Mike Turner, Ohio
  • Jimmy Duncan, Tennessee
  • Patrick McHenry, North Carolina
  • Jim Jordan, Ohio
  • Jason Chaffetz, Utah
  • Tim Walberg, Michigan
  • James Lankford, Oklahoma
  • Justin Amash, Michigan
  • Paul Gosar, Arizona
  • Pat Meehan, Pennsylvania
  • Scott DesJarlais, Tennessee
  • Trey Gowdy, South Carolina
  • Blake Farenthold, Texas
  • Doc Hastings, Washington
  • Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming
  • Rob Woodall, Georgia
  • Thomas Massie, Kentucky
  • Doug Collins, Georgia
  • Mark Meadows, North Carolina
  • Kerry Bentivolio, Michigan
  • Ron DeSantis, Florida

Minority (Democratic) members

  • Elijah Cummings, Maryland, Ranking Member
  • Carolyn Maloney, New York
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton, District of Columbia
  • John F. Tierney, Massachusetts
  • William Lacy Clay Jr., Missouri
  • Stephen Lynch, Massachusetts
  • Jim Cooper, Tennessee
  • Gerry Connolly, Virginia
  • Jackie Speier, California
  • Matt Cartwright, Pennsylvania
  • Tammy Duckworth, Illinois
  • Danny K. Davis, Illinois
  • Peter Welch, Vermont
  • Tony Cardenas, California
  • Steven Horsford, Nevada
  • Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico
  • Robin Kelly, Illinois
List source: Wikipedia

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