Elijah Cummings

Elijah CummingsU.S. REPRESENTATIVE ELIJAH CUMMINGS

D-MARYLAND DISTRICT 7

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VOTING RECORD: Project Vote Smart, Govtrack US

 

BIOGRAPHY POLITICAL CAREER

Party: Democrat

State: Maryland

Born: 1/18/1951

Education: Howard University (B.A.); University of Maryland School of Law (J.D.)

Occupation: Lawyer

Family: Married

Religion: Roman Catholic 

CAREER:

  • Member of Maryland House of Delegates (1983-1996)
  • U.S. House of Representatives (1996-present)

COMMITTEES:

  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (Ranking Member)
  • Joint Economic Committee

FIRST ELECTED TO FEDERAL OFFICE: 1996

 

ISRAEL


  • Supports Israel’s right to self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism
  • Supports a two-state solution
  • Supports funding for Israel’s Iron Dome Defense System
  • Supports a strong U.S.- Israel partnership in regards to cooperation in the areas of energy, water, homeland security, agriculture, and alternative fuel technologies

CHOICE


  • Earned a 100 percent pro-choice rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Supports Roe v. Wade
  • Voted against the Blunt Amendment, also known as the Birth Control Refusal Law, which would have allowed any employer to refuse to cover contraception or any health service required under the health reform law for virtually any reason
  • Supported Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive insurance coverage policy
  • Supported increased funding for women’s health services, which includes Title X family planning programs

 

In His Own Words


“Although women are often disproportionately impacted by lack of insurance, reports the National Women's Law Center, the Affordable Care Act includes several measures that will change the profile of women’s coverage between now and 2014, when the new law will be implemented.” 1

SOURCES: 1 www.cummings.house.gov

Interesting Facts


The first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tempore in the Maryland House of Delegates