The Life and Legacy of Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings

A look back and the political career of Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings

Family, friends, colleagues and even political rivals are mourning the death of Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings. The congressman passed away early this morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 68 and had been suffering from long standing health challenges. Cummings was the chairman of the House Oversight Committee and had served Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District since 1996. Before that Cummings served more than a decade in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he was the first African-American to be named Speaker Pro Tem. He is survived by his wife and three children.  We discuss his life and legacy with guests who knew him.


Dr. Ravi Perry, Chair, Howard University Department of Political Science

Meshelle, Comedian, Baltimore Native, Social Justice Advocate

Melanie Campbell, President/CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable

U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown, (D) Maryland 4th District