Congressman Elijah E. Cummings was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where he still resides today. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University, where he served as student government president and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and then graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law. Congressman Cummings has also received 12 honorary doctoral degrees from universities throughout the nation.
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 for 14 years and became the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tem. Since 1996, Congressman Cummings has proudly represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.