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CUMMINGS, Elijah Eugene

CUMMINGS, Elijah Eugene
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CUMMINGS, Elijah Eugene, a Representative from Maryland; born in Baltimore, Md., January 18, 1951; graduated from Baltimore City College High School, Baltimore, Md., 1969; B.S., Howard University, Washington, D.C., 1973; J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Md., 1976; lawyer, private practice; chief judge, Maryland Moot Court Board; member of the Maryland state house of delegates, 1983-1996, and speaker pro tempore, 1995-1996; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Fourth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Kweisi Mfume; reelected to the twelve succeeding Congresses and served until his death (April 16, 1996-October 17, 2019); chair, Committee on Oversight and Reform (One Hundred Sixteenth Congress); died on October 17, 2019, in Baltimore, Md.; lay in state in National Statuary Hall, October 24, 2019.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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Bibliography / Further Reading

"Elijah E. Cummings" in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.

Cummings, Elijah. We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy. With James Dale and with a foreword by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. New York: Harper, 2020.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Armed Services
  • House Committee - Government Reform
  • House Committee - Government Reform and Oversight
  • House Committee - Oversight and Government Reform
  • House Committee - Oversight and Reform - Chair
  • House Committee - Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi
  • House Committee - Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation - Chair
  • Joint Committee - Joint Economic Committee
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