Chairman Elijah E. Cummings

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where he currently resides. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Howard University, serving as Student Government President and graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and then graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Congressman Cummings has dedicated his life of service to uplifting and empowering the people he is sworn to represent. He began his career of public service in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served sixteen years and became the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tem. First sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996, Congressman Cummings has proudly represented Maryland's 7th District since 1996. He became Ranking Member of the Committee in 2011.He was appointed as Chairman of the Committee in 2019.

Congressman Cummings often says that our children are the living messages that we send to a future we will never see. In that vein, he is committed to ensuring that our next generation has access to quality healthcare and education, clean air and water, and a strong economy defined by fiscal responsibility.

Media Profiles of Chairman Cummings

  • New York Times: These Democrats Will Soon Have the Power to Investigate the White House. How Far Will They Go?

  • Politico: Elijah Cummings is ready to investigate Trump

  • Stat News: Elijah Cummings sparred with Martin Shrekli and Mylan's CEO. Now he's got a gavel to take on pharma.

  • Washington Post: Elijah Cummings endured two painful years. Soon he'll be more powerful than ever.