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Congressman Elijah Cummings

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Fifty-seven years ago--August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. transfixed those gathered near the reflecting pool on the national Mall ...for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. “I have a dream,” he said, and described it, including “one day right there in Alabama little Black boys and Black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today!” 

That was a year and a week after an 11-year-old Black boy and about 30 of his friends brought their dream to a swimming pool in South Baltimore. The late Congressman Elijah Cummings told a Stoop Story about it in 2010. 

For information about the Virtual March on Washington happening Friday, Aug. 28, visit this link.

Mary Rose Madden

State Senator Jill Carter has joined an increasingly crowded Democratic field of 17 candidates running for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District seat left vacant by the death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings in October.

Carter filed to run for the seat Monday at the state Board of Elections and has planned a “special announcement” about her campaign for Tuesday afternoon. In between those events, she attended her third fundraiser Monday night in Ellicott City, the southern part of the 7th district.

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Maya Rockeymoore Cummings joined an ever growing field of candidates today running to represent to represent Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, a seat last occupied by her late husband, Elijah Cummings.

Rachel Baye

The first time Kweisi Mfume was elected to represent Maryland’s seventh congressional district, he was 38 years old. Now 71, he says he wants to continue the work of his one-time successor, Congressman Elijah Cummings, whose death last month left the seat vacant.

Stoop Storytelling Series

Our thoughts are on the many ways Congressman Elijah Cummings fought for residents of Baltimore. Here is a Stoop Story he told in 2010 about the integration of Riverside Park Pool in South Baltimore. 

You can hear more stories, and the Stoop podcast at

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Elijah Cummings’ hometown of Baltimore is mourning.

The 12-term congressman, who passed away in the early hours of Oct. 17, was one of the earliest black leaders in Baltimore to achieve national standing.

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It is a sad and somber day in Maryland today, as people here and across the country, and across the political spectrum, mourn the passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings, who died early this morning at the Johns Hopkins Gilchrist Hospice Center.  He was 68 years old.  He had served Maryland's 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1996.  He lived in West Baltimore.

Today, three long-time colleagues and friends of Elijah Cummings join Tom to reflect on the man's life and work:   

First, Maryland Senator Ben Cardin, and then Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes, speak with Tom live from Capitol Hill. 

Then, a conversation Tom had earlier this morning with Kurt Schmoke, the former Mayor of Baltimore and now president of the University of Baltimore.

Tomorrow on Midday, an hour-long tribute to Elijah Cummings.  Friday at noon.

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Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday due to complications from longstanding health challenges. He was 68.

Tributes and remembrances have been pouring in since the news broke that Cummings passed, and WYPR is remembering our interviews with the longtime Democratic congressman. 

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Like everyone in Maryland, On the Record is saddened by the loss of Democratic Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, who died early this morning. We extend condolences to his wife, Dr. Maya Rockymore, chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, and the rest of his family.

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Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said. He was 68.


A sharecropper's son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his black-majority district, which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore as well as more well-to-do suburbs.



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President Donald Trump’s tweets over the weekend calling Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings’ district a “rat and rodent infested disaster,” have sparked a conversation about poverty and the policies that have failed to alleviate it.

The district, which includes most of Baltimore, is majority black and heavily Democratic, voting overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016. According to the Census Bureau, nearly 17 percent of residents have incomes below the poverty level, about 5 percentage points higher than the national average.

"Instead of bad-mouthing Baltimore, and instead of engaging in these racist diatribes, the president could help us with the challenges we face in the city," said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat.

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According to the president of the United States, the city of Baltimore is a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” a place that “no human being would want to live.” 

Cummings Aims To "Make Trump Accountable”

Jan 2, 2019
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Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings has served in Washington for more than two decades, and he’s witnessed a lot of turmoil and upheaval over those years. But he says that all pales in comparison to what he’s witnessed in the past two years under President Trump.

And he says the GOP controlled Congress shares the blame for merely rubber stamping most everything the president has done.

John Lee



The first day of early voting brought out long lines of voters throughout Maryland Thursday. 

It also brought out the political big guns in Baltimore County, where a Democrat and Republican are locked in a tight race for County Executive.


Dominique Maria Bonessi

The Baltimore City Council was back in session Monday evening with a long list of new legislation. Morning Edition's Host Nathan Sterner speaks with Reporter Dominique Maria Bonessi about what happened.

MD Congressmen Split Over Opioids

Jul 10, 2018
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The House of Representatives took up more than seventy opioid related bills last month; some dealing with safely disposing of old pills, others trying to ensure the government has the best data on the crisis and still others seeking to prevent drugs from flowing in through the nation’s many points of entry, south and north.

And as you might expect, Democrats and Republicans, some locked in tight re-election contests, have been clamoring to get their bills voted on. So, does that mean it’s all just political theater?

Not according to Maryland’s lone Republican Congressman, Andy Harris.