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U.S. Representative

Elijah Cummings ()
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Elijah Eugene Cummings has been a Democratic member of the U. S. House of Representatives, representing the 7th district of Maryland since 1996.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Cummings voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal


The following chart is a summary of Elijah Cumming's voting record in the U.S. House of Representatives with regards to immigration.

Bill Number and Title Date Vote Description
H.R. 3736: Temporary Access to Skilled Workers and H-1B Nonimmigrant Program Improvement Act September 24, 1998 Voted NO [1] To increase the number of temporary visas granted to skilled immigrant workers from 65,000 to 115,000 by the year 2000. More info about H.R. 3736
H.R. 1885: Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act May 21, 2001 Voted YES [2] To allow some immigrants to remain in the country while pursing legal residency. More info about H.R. 1885
H.R. 3722 Amendment 1011: The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act May 20, 2004 Voted NO [3] To require hospitals to gather and report information on illegal aliens before hospitals are paid for treating them, and require hospitals to not treat undocumented aliens if they can be transported back home without worsening their condition. More info about H.R. 3722
H.R. 5441 Amendment 968: The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act June 6, 2006 Voted NO [4] To support the Minuteman Project, which is a group that patrols the Mexican border for illegal immigrants, and not allow United States' funds to provide information to the Mexican government about the location of Minuteman Project volunteers. More info about H.R. 5441
H.R. 6061: Secure Fence Act September 14, 2006 Voted NO [5] To build a wall along the Mexican border, increase border surveillance through more efficient use of personnel and technology, and increase physical barriers to prevent unlawful border entry. More info about H.R. 6061
H.R. 6095: Immigration Law Enforcement Act September 19, 2006 Voted NO [6] To affirm that state and local law enforcement personnel have the authority to enforce immigration laws, provide for effective prosecution of alien smugglers, and reform immigration litigation procedures. More info about H.R. 6095
H.R. 6094: Community Protection Act September 21, 2006 Voted NO [7] To restore the Secretary of Homeland Security's authority to detain dangerous aliens, to ensure the removal of deportable criminal aliens, and combat alien gang crime. More info about H.R. 6094

Support for gun control

Cummings cosponsored H.R. 1312 (Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005) on April 21, 2005.[2]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

Sun Myung Moon "coronation"

In 2004 Cummings gave a speech at a "coronation" ceremony at the Dirksen Senate Office Building honoring controversial spiritual leader [[Sun Myung Moon#Ceremony in a Senate office building|]]. [8] The event was ostensibly an awards ceremony for 'peace ambassadors.' In a speech after the awards were presented, Moon pronounced "I am God's ambassador, sent to earth with His full authority. I am sent to accomplish His command to save the world's six billion people, restoring them to Heaven with the original goodness in which they were created." [9]

Main article: Sun Myung Moon#Ceremony in a Senate office building


Cummings was born January 18, 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated with honors from Baltimore City College High School in 1969. He later attended Howard University in Washington, DC. He became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Cummings attended law school at the University of Maryland, graduating in 1976 and entering the Maryland Bar in December 1976. He practiced law for 19 years before first being elected to the U.S. House in 1996 elections. [[10]]

Cummings served in the Maryland House of Delegates for 16 years. In the Maryland General Assembly, he served as Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus and was the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tem, the second highest position in the House of Delegates.[11]

Congressional career

Rep. Cummings was elected to the United States House of Representatives in April 1996 in a special election for Maryland's 7th Congressional District following the resignation of Kweisi Mfume.

Central issues in his 2006 reelection campaign include education, affordable health care, protecting communities from drugs and crime, clean air, clean water, stronger protection of our national heritage, older Americans, and defending and expanding human rights. [12]

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest Cummings’ seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [13]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Edison Chouest Offshore$ 38,900
Seafarers International Union$ 10,500
American Crystal Sugar$ 10,000
American Federation of Teachers$ 10,000
American Maritime Officers$ 10,000
American Postal Workers Union$ 10,000
American Waterways Operators$ 10,000
CSX Corp$ 10,000
CTIS Inc$ 10,000
DaVita HealthCare Partners$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Elijah Cummings
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Elijah Cummings. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2235 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-4741 Fax: 202-225-3178
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District offices
  • 1010 Park Avenue, Suite 105, Baltimore, MD 21201
    Ph: 410-685-9199 Fax: (none entered)
  • 754 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228
    Ph: 410-719-8777 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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Articles and Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 1312



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