Elijah Cummings Biography, Age, Death, Untold Story and Net Worth

Elijah Cummings Biography, Age, Death, Untold Story and Net Worth

Chair of the House Oversight Committee
In office
January 3, 2019 – October 17, 2019
Preceded by Trey Gowdy
Succeeded by Carolyn Maloney (acting)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland’s 7th district
In office
April 16, 1996 – October 17, 2019
Preceded by Kweisi Mfume
Succeeded by Vacant
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 39th district
In office
January 12, 1983 – January 10, 1996
Preceded by Lena King Lee
Succeeded by Sterling Page
Personal details
Born Elijah Eugene Cummings
January 18, 1951
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died October 17, 2019 (aged 68)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Joyce Matthews
(div. 1982)
Maya Rockeymoore (m. 2008)
Children 3
Education Howard University (BA)

University of Maryland, Baltimore (JD)

Who is Elijah Cummings?

Elijah Eugene Cummings was an American-born civil rights advocate and politician who passed away in 2019 and served in the United States House of Representatives in the 7th Congressional District of Maryland.

The area includes more than half of Baltimore City, Baltimore County is mostly black-dominated, and most of Howard County. He has served in the Maryland House of Representatives. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Cummings served in the Maryland House of Representatives from 1983 to 1996. That year, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Cummings chaired the Supervision and Reform Commission from January 2019 until his death in October 2019.

Elijah Cummings Early life, education, and career

Cummings was born on January 18, 1951 in Baltimore, the son of Ruth Elma  and Robert Cummings. His parents were sharecroppers. He was the third child of seven. Cummings graduated with honors from the Baltimore City College high school in 1969.

Elijah Cummings studied at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he served as the sophomore class leader, student union treasurer and later student union president. He became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Association and received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1973.

Cummings graduated from the Law School of the University of Maryland School of Law with a PhD in law in 1976 and was admitted to the University of Maryland later that year. He has been practicing law for 19 years and was subsequently elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in the 1996 elections.

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Cummins has received 12 honorary doctorate degrees from universities across the United States, most recently receiving an honorary doctorate degree in public services from the University of Maryland College Park in 2017.

Cummings has served in the Maryland House of Representatives for 14 years. His predecessor, Lena King Lee, raised funds and campaigned for him. Years later, Elijah Cummings praised her for starting his political career.

Ruth Elma Cummings is the mother of six children, including MP Elijah Cummings, and participates through her Victory Prayer Chapel Many community projects and outreach efforts have been made. (Lecture Notes)

At the Maryland Convention, he was the chairman of the Maryland Black Legislative Panel and was the first African-American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Temper, the second-highest position in the House.

Elijah Cummings also served on several boards and commissions, both in and out of Baltimore. Those include SEED Schools of Maryland Board of Directors and the University of Maryland Law School Board of Advisors.
He served on numerous Maryland boards and commissions including the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy and the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel. He was an honorary member of the Baltimore Zoo Board of Trustees.

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In addition to his speaking engagements, Elijah Cummings wrote a biweekly column for the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper.

Elijah Cummings Personal life


Elijah Cummings lived in the Madison Park community in Baltimore and was an active member of the New Psalmist Baptist Church. He was married to Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, who was elected chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party in December 2018. They had three children.


In June 2011, Christopher Cummings, nephew of his brother James, was murdered in his off-campus home near Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Cummings underwent surgery to repair his aortic valve in May 2017 and was absent from Capitol Hill for two months. In July 2017, he developed a surgical-related infection, but resumed work, and Cummings was hospitalized with a knee infection.

Elijah Cummings Death

On October 17, 2019, Cummings died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 68 , his spokeswoman stated, “complications concerning longstanding health challenges”
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