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Rep. Katie Hill joins protestors calling for an end to the government shutdown. Photo courtesy of Rep. Katie Hill.

Rep. Katie Hill (D-Agua Dulce) was named to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Monday evening, joining fellow freshman representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on what is considered to be one of the most powerful and prestigious congressional committees.

“If we want our government to once again start working for the people, and to deliver for our communities, we desperately need accountability and reform,” Hill said. “Serving on Oversight is an honor, especially in my first term, because we will have the ability to implement much needed changes to ensure those entrusted with public service are also deserving of public trust.”

The appointment mirrors one of Hill’s primary campaign promises — increased government accountability and reform.

In addition, Hill was also appointed to the House Committee on Space, Science and Technology on Tuesday, which she believes is appropriate the aerospace industry’s major role in the 25th Congressional District’s local economy.

“Aerospace is the backbone of my district’s economy — we are home to a NASA base, one of the nation’s leaders in aerospace manufacturing, and we are critically placed to be on the forefront of environmental and scientific innovation,” Hill said. “My committee assignments position me to advocate for my district in ways that will have real impacts on people’s lives. I could not be more honored to have this opportunity to fight for our community.”

As the House’s primary investigative body, the Oversight Committee is expected to play a significant role in the congressional inquiry into possible collusion between President Donald Trump and the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential race. The committee has the authority to issue subpoenas without having to inform congressional leadership, a power experts say may become more commonly used as committee control is transferred from the GOP to the now-majority Democrats.

“I’m so pleased to welcome our new Democratic Members to the Committee on Oversight and Reform,” Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in an official press release. “The American people voted for accountability and transparency this past election, and I’m eager to work in a bipartisan manner on behalf of all of our constituents to deliver on these goals.”

Hill will serve alongside a number of progressives — including Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) — who have all been publicly vocal about their support for impeaching the president.

Ocasio-Cortez, who has become a bete noire to many conservatives because of her stalwart advocacy for left-wing policies both online and offline, has long voiced support for proceedings to remove Trump. Tlaib drew national attention in January after she made an expletive-laden comment about impeaching Trump at her swearing-in ceremony.

Additionally, Hill will be joined by Southern California Democrats Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Laguna Beach) and Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles).

This is a breaking news story. The Proclaimer will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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Rep. Katie Hill named to House Oversight Committee
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Rep. Katie Hill named to House Oversight Committee
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Rep. Katie Hill joined the powerful House Committee on Oversight and Reform, along with progressive freshmen Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
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Ryan Painter

Ryan Painter covers government and politics for The Proclaimer. He has worked at the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, the Daily Trojan and as a campaign staffer during 2018 midterm elections. A 2016 West Ranch graduate, Ryan studies Political Science and International Relations at USC. Find him on Twitter @ryan_pintor.

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