Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Elijah E. Cummings
MSA SC 3520-12049


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, January 18, 1951.  Attended public schools; Baltimore City College High School, 1969; Howard University, B.S., 1973; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1976.  Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1976.  Married.

Federal service:
U.S. House of Representatives, 7th Congressional District (D), 1996-. Member, Oversight and Government Reform Committee (formerly Government Reform Committee), 1996- (domestic policy subcommittee, 2007-; federal workforce, post office, & district of columbia subcommittee, 2007-); Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 1996- (chair, coast guard & maritime transportation subcommittee, 2007-; member, highways, transit, & pipelines subcommittee, 2003-07; highways & transit subcommittee, 2007-08; railroads subcommittee, 2003-07; railroads, pipelines, & hazardous materials subcommittee, 2007-; aviation subcommittee, 2009-); Joint Economic Committee, 2005-; House Task Force on Health Care Reform. Member, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, 2004-. Member, Armed Services Committee, 2007-08 (readiness subcommittee, 2007-08). Member, House Democratic Policy Committee. Chair, Congressional Black Caucus, 2003-04 (chair-elect, 2002; former secretary). Co-Chair, House AIDS Work Group.

General Assembly:
House of Delegates, 1983-96.  Vice-chair, Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee, 1987-92.  House chair, Workers' Compensation Benefit and Insurance Oversight Committee, 1989-96.  Member, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1991-92.  Vice-chair, Economic Matters Committee, 1994-96; chair, Workers' Compensation Subcommittee, 1994-96.  Speaker pro tempore, 1995-96.  Chair emeritus, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus; chair, Committee on Economic Development.

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Chair, Governor's Commission on Black Males, 1990-96. Member, Maryland Comprehensive Transit Plan Transit Advisory Panel, 1998-99; Juvenile Offender Aftercare Assessment Team, 1999-2000. Board of Regents, Morgan State University, 1999-. Board of Visitors, U.S. Naval Academy, 2005-. Board of Regents, Morgan State University, 2007-. Board of Advisors, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Attorney.  Maryland State Bar Association. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008. Chief Judge, Maryland Moot Court Board; Phi Beta Kappa; Outstanding U.S. Student Government Leader Award, Royal Arts Society of London; Major Achievement Award for Scholastic Accomplishment from Afro-American newspaper. President, Bancroft Literary Society. Board of Trustees, Baltimore City Historical Society, 2002-; National Aquarium (Baltimore); Baltimore Zoo. Executive Board, Dunbar-Hopkins Health Partnership. Member, Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors. Friend of the National Parks Award, National Parks Conservation Association, 2005. Annual Achievement Award, Maryland Black Caucus Foundation, 2005. Award, Humane Society of the United States, 2005. Lifetime Achievement Award, National Minority Month Foundation, 2006. Founders' Day Award, Congressional Black Caucus, 2006. Friend of Radio One Award, Radio One, Inc., 2006. Guardian Award, Partnership for Drug-Free America, 2006. Brighter Vision Award, Seniors Coalition and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Alliance International, 2006. Member of the Year Award, National Narcotic Officers Associations' Coalition, 2007. Distinguished Graduate Award, University of Maryland School of Law, 2008. Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf Award, U.S. Coast Guard, 2010. Member, New Psalmist Baptist Church.

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