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Elijah Cummings Full Name Elijah Eugene Cummings was an American politician and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland’s 7th congressional district. The district includes just over half of Baltimore City, most of the majority-black precincts of Baltimore County, as well as most of Howard County. He previously served in the Maryland House of Delegates. He was a member of the Democratic Party and chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Elijah Cummings Cause Of Death

Elijah Cummings underwent surgery to repair his aortic valve in May 2017 and was absent from Capitol Hill for two months. In July, he developed a surgery-related infection but returned to work. He died at Johns Hopkins Hospital from complications of his health problems.

Elijah Eugene Elijah Cummings Age

Elijah Eugene Elijah Cummings was 70 years old at the time of death (January 18, 1951 – October 17, 2019)

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Elijah Cummings Early life

Elijah Cummings was born on January 18, 1951, in Baltimore, son of Ruth Elma (nee Cochran) and Robert Elijah Cummings. He was the third of seven children. In 1969, Elijah Cummings graduated from Baltimore City College. Later, he attended Howard University in Washington, where he studied in the student government as a second-class president, treasurer of the student government, and later president of the student government. He became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and graduated with a degree in Political Science in 1973.

Elijah Cummings Education

Elijah Cummings graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law, earning his doctorate degree in 1976, and was admitted to the Maryland Bar at the end of that year. He practiced law for 19 years before being elected to the House in the 1996 elections.

Elijah Cummings received 12 honorary doctorate degrees from universities across America, most recently an honorary doctorate in public service from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2017.

Elijah Cummings Career

For 14 years, Elijah Cummings served in the Maryland House of Delegates. His predecessor, Lena King Lee, raised funds and campaigned for him; years later, Elijah Cummings credited her with launching his political career. 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.

Elijah Cummings also served on several boards and commissions, both in and out of Baltimore. Those include SEED Schools of Maryland Board of Directors and the University of Maryland Board of Advisors.

U.S. House of Representatives

Elijah Cummings, Xavier Becerra, and Robert Matsui at a press conference on civil rights in 1997

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (Chair)
    • Subcommittee on Domestic Policy.
    • Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Post Office, and District of Columbia.
  • Select Committee on Benghazi (Ranking Minority Member 114th Congress)

In December 2010, Edolphus Towns announced that he would not seek the position of ranking minority member of the Oversight Committee in the next Congress, even though his seniority and service as chair would typically result in him filling this post. Reportedly, Towns withdrew because of a lack of support from Nancy Pelosi who feared that he would not be a sufficiently aggressive leader of Democrats in an anticipated struggle with incoming committee chair Republican Darrell Issa.Reportedly, the White House also wanted Towns to be replaced. Elijah Cummings defeated Carolyn Maloney in a vote of the House Democratic Caucus.

In his role as chair of the “Oversight Committee,” he presided over the first public testimony by President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Elijah Cummings Caucus memberships

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

Elijah Cummings is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He served as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus during the 108th United States Congress.

Elijah Cummings received praise following the congressional panel hearings on steroids in 2008. While investigating the use of steroids in sports, the panel called numerous baseball players to testify, including former single-season home run record holder Mark McGwire. After McGwire answered many questions in a vague fashion, Elijah 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.

Elijah Cummings Legislation

Elijah Cummings introduced the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014, a bipartisan bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 2014. The bill, which Elijah Cummings cosponsored with Representative Darrell Issa, Republican of California, is a set of amendments to the Federal Records Act and Presidential Records Act. Among other provisions, the bill modernizes the definition of a federal record to expressly include electronic documents.

He supported the Smart Savings Act, a bill that would make the default investment in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) an age-appropriate target-date asset allocation investment fund (L Fund) instead of the Government Securities Investment Fund (G Fund). Elijah Cummings called the bill a “commonsense change” and argued that the bill “will enable workers to take full advantage of a diversified fund designed to yield higher returns”.

He introduced the All Circuit Review Extension Act, a bill that would extend for three years the authority for federal employees who appeal a judgment of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) to file their appeal at any federal court, instead of only the U.S. Court of Appeals. Elijah Cummings said that this program is important to extend because it “allows whistleblowers to file appeals where they live rather than being limited to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals”. He also said that the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has “an abysmal track record in whistleblower cases”.

In remarks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Elijah Cummings declared: “Our party does not just believe, but understands, that Black Lives Matter. But we also recognize that our community and our law enforcement work best when they work together.”

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Elijah Cummings speaking at the 2008 Democratic National Convention

Five-term Congressman for Maryland’s 7th congressional district, Kweisi Mfume resigned in February 1996 to take the presidency of the NAACP. Elijah Cummings won a crowded seven-way Democratic primary-the real contest in this heavily Democratic, black-majority district—with 37.5% of the vote. In the special election, he defeated Republican Kenneth Kondner with over 80 percent of the vote. He defeated Kondner again in November by a similar margin to win the seat in his own right.

He has been reelected 11 more times since then, never dropping below 69 percent of the vote, and even ran unopposed in 2006.

Elijah Cummings Wife Maya Rockeymoore Elijah Cummings

He was married to Maya Rockeymoore Elijah Cummings, who was elected chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party in December 2018. They had three children.

In June 2011, his nephew Christopher Elijah Cummings, son of his brother James, was murdered at his off-campus house near Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he was a student.