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MFUME, Kweisi

MFUME, Kweisi
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MFUME, Kweisi, a Representative from Maryland; born Frizzell Gray in Baltimore, Md., October 24, 1948; attended public schools; B.S., Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md., 1976; M.A., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., 1984; assistant professor, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md.; program director for a radio station; member, Baltimore, Md., city council, 1979-1986; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundredth Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses and served until his resignation on February 18, 1996 (January 3, 1987-February 18, 1996); chief executive officer, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1996-2004; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Elijah Eugene Cummings, and reelected to the two succeeding Congresses (April 28, 2020-present).

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

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External Research Collections

National Library of Medicine

Bethesda, MD
Videocassettes: 1994, 2 videocassettes. Health care reform town meeting [videorecording] / MPT, Maryland Public Television production, hosted by Kweisi Mfume. This documentary records the proceedings of a panel held April 18, 1994 at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center to discuss concerns about current health care and delivery in the United States. Included on the panel are Dr. John D. Stokes, director of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, William C. Richardson, president of The Johns Hopkins University, Kurt L. Schmoke, mayor of Baltimore, Senator Barbara Mikulsi, Representative Ben Cardin, Donna Shalala, secretary of Health and Human Services, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, chair, Health Care Reform Task Force.
Videocassette: 1995, 1 videocassette. Food for thought [videorecording] / WBAL Baltimore, hosted by Kweisi Mfume. The topic of the program is food issues. The panel members are Wenda Royster, wellness consultant, David Schardt, Center for Science and the Public Interest, Caroline Smith Dewaal, Center for Science and the Public Interest, Diane Feffer Neas, restaurant consultant, Cynthia Glover, restaurant critic, Baltimore Magazine, Joseph Madden, FDA, and John W. Jones, FDA. They discuss fruits and vegetables, preservatives, food preparation, and food labeling among other topics.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

"Kweisi Mfume" 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.

Mfume, Kweisi with Ron Stodghill II. No Free Ride: From the Mean Streets to the Mainstream. New York: One World, 1996.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Banking and Financial Services
  • House Committee - Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs
  • House Committee - Education and Labor
  • House Committee - Oversight and Reform
  • House Committee - Select Committee on Hunger
  • House Committee - Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control
  • House Committee - Small Business
    • Contracting and Infrastructure - Chair
    • Minority Enterprise, Finance, and Urban Development - Chair
  • House Committee - Standards of Official Conduct
  • Joint Committee - Joint Economic Committee - Chair
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