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Elijah Cummings


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 7th district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
April 16, 1996
Preceded by Kweisi Mfume

In office
January 12, 1983 – January 10, 1996
Succeeded by Sterling Page

Born January 18, 1951 (1951-01-18) (age 59)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dr. Maya Rockeymoore-Cummings
Residence Baltimore, Maryland
Alma mater Howard University, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Occupation attorney
Religion Baptist

Elijah Eugene Cummings (born January 18, 1951) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 7th district of the State of Maryland since 1996.

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Early life and career

Rep. Cummings (at podium; D-Maryland) joins other Members of the Congressional Black Caucus in protesting the nomination of Judge Charles W. Pickering to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (March, 2002).

Cummings was born in Baltimore and graduated with honors from Baltimore City College in 1969. He later attended Howard University in Washington, DC, where he served in student government as sophomore class president, Student Government treasurer and later Student Government President. He became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Cummings attended law school at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, graduating in 1976 and entering the Maryland Bar in December 1976. He practiced law for 19 years before first being elected to the House in the 1996 elections.

For 16 years, Cummings served in the Maryland House of Delegates. In the Maryland General Assembly, he served as Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and was the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker pro Tempore, the second highest position in the House of Delegates.

Congressional career

Cummings was elected to the United States House of Representatives in April 1996 in a special election for Maryland's 7th Congressional District following the resignation of Kweisi Mfume. On November 4, 2008, Congressman Cummings was re-elected for a seventh term with 79.5 percent of the vote.

He received praise and a boost in notoriety following the congressional panel hearings on steroids in March 2005. While investigating the use of steroids in sports, the panel called numerous baseball players to testify, including former legendary slugger Mark McGwire. After McGwire answered many previous questions in a vague fashion, Cummings demanded to know if he was "taking the fifth", referring to the fifth amendment. McGwire responded by saying "I am here to talk about the future not about the past". The exchange came to epitomize the entire inquiry.

Cummings served as Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus during the 108th United States Congress. He is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, an organization of progressive members of Congress.

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Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

  • Task Force on Health Care Reform
  • Co-founder and Chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Drug Policy

Other contributions and service

Cummings also serves on numerous Maryland boards and commissions including the Board of Visitors (BOV) to the United States Naval Academy, the Baltimore Zoo Board of Trustees, the Baltimore Aquarium Board of Trustees, the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors and the Dunbar-Hopkins Health Partnership Executive Board.

In addition to his many speaking engagements, he writes a biweekly column for the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper. He currently lives in the Madison Park community in Baltimore, and is an active member of the New Psalmist Baptist Church. He was mentioned as a possible candidate in 2006 for the United States Senate seat of retiring Sen. Paul Sarbanes, but ended up endorsing Kweisi Mfume for the seat instead of running himself (see Maryland United States Senate election, 2006). He is also considered to be a possible candidate for Governor of Maryland in the future.

Election history

Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1996 Congress, 7th district General Elijah Cummings Democratic 115,764 83.47% Kenneth Kondner Republican 22,929 16.53%
1998 Congress, 7th district General Elijah Cummings Democratic 112,699 85.74% Kenneth Kondner Republican 18,742 14.26%
2000 Congress, 7th district General Elijah Cummings Democratic 134,066 87.07% Kenneth Kondner Republican 19,773 12.84%
2002 Congress, 7th district General Elijah Cummings Democratic 137,047 73.53% Joseph E. Ward Republican 49,172 24.61%
2004 Congress, 7th district General Elijah Cummings Democratic 179,189 73.38% Tony Salazar Republican 60,102 26.38% Virginia Rodino Green 4,727 1.94%
2006 Congress, 7th district General Elijah Cummings Democratic 158,830 98.06% Write-in Candidates 3,147 1.94%
2008 Congress, 7th district General Elijah Cummings Democratic 227,379 79.50% Michael Hargadon Republican 53,147 18.58%

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Kweisi Mfume
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 7th congressional district

1996 – present
Incumbent
Representatives to the 105th–111th United States Congresses from Maryland (ordered by seniority)
105th Senate: P. Sarbanes | B. Mikulski House: S. Hoyer | B. Cardin | C. Morella | W. Gilchrest | R. Bartlett | A. Wynn | R. Ehrlich | E. Cummings
106th Senate: P. Sarbanes | B. Mikulski House: S. Hoyer | B. Cardin | C. Morella | W. Gilchrest | R. Bartlett | A. Wynn | R. Ehrlich | E. Cummings
107th Senate: P. Sarbanes | B. Mikulski House: S. Hoyer | B. Cardin | C. Morella | W. Gilchrest | R. Bartlett | A. Wynn | R. Ehrlich | E. Cummings
108th Senate: P. Sarbanes | B. Mikulski House: S. Hoyer | B. Cardin | W. Gilchrest | R. Bartlett | A. Wynn | E. Cummings | D. Ruppersberger | C. Van Hollen
109th Senate: P. Sarbanes | B. Mikulski House: S. Hoyer | B. Cardin | W. Gilchrest | R. Bartlett | A. Wynn | E. Cummings | D. Ruppersberger | C. Van Hollen
110th Senate: B. Mikulski | B. Cardin House: S. Hoyer | W. Gilchrest | R. Bartlett | A. Wynn | E. Cummings | D. Ruppersberger | C. Van Hollen | J. Sarbanes
111th Senate: B. Mikulski | B. Cardin House: S. Hoyer | R. Bartlett | E. Cummings | D. Ruppersberger | C. Van Hollen | J. Sarbanes | D. Edwards | F. Kratovil

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