Lynch, 64, has been a member of the committee for 18 years and currently chairs the Oversight Subcommittee on National Security.
Lynch said in a written statement Monday that he hopes to continue the work of Cummings. He said while the committee is facing challenges including the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump, there are many energetic and talented committee members ready to defend the Constitution.
A Lynch aide said he spoke with colleagues over the weekend before making the announcement.
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