Party affiliation: Democrat
Elijah Eugene Cummings, United States Representative from Maryland. Bar: Maryland 1976. Named Outstanding United States Student Government Leader Royal Arts Society of London; named one of The Most Influential Black Americans Ebony magazine, 2006, The 10 Members to Watch in the 112th Congress, Roll Call, 2011; named to Power 150 Ebony magazine, 2008.
Private law practice, 1980—1996. Attorney Maryland General Assembly, 1982. Member Maryland House of Delegates, Annapolis, 1983—1996, vice chairman constitutional and administrative law committee, 1987—1996, chairman committee economic development, 1996, vice chairman house economic matters committee, 1994—1996, speaker pro tempore, 1995—1996.
Member United States Congress from 7th Maryland District, Washington, since 1996. Ranking member United States House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, since 2011. Chairman Congressional Black Caucus, 2003—2005.