Five Democrats have taken over as chairs of key committees in the House of Representatives. Three will chair powerful committees on budget, foreign policy and judicial issues. Nita Lowey of Westchester is chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee which is the key committee deciding on program funding across all government programs including aging programs of which she has been a major supporter.
Eliot Engel is chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee which will have a role in probing the Trump Administration relationships with Russia and Saudi Arabia and other countries. Jerry Nadler is chair of the powerful Judiciary Committee which would have the role of initiating any impeachment proceedings against Trump.
Carolyn Maloney of Manhattan is chair of the Joint Economic Committee and Nydia Velasquez is chairing the Small Business Committee. She was the first Puerto Rican woman elected to Congress in 1992.
Nadler and Engel were prominent members of the New York State Assembly for many years. Nadler served from 1977-1992 and Engel from 1977-1992. Nita Lowey worked for Governor Mario Cuomo in several roles before she went to Congress. All of the chairs are considered to be among the more progressive members of the House.