Maya Rockeymoore Cummings

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Maya Rockeymoore Cummings
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings at the United States Conference of Mayors Food Policy session in 2013
Rockeymoore Cummings at the United States Conference of Mayors Food Policy session, 2013
Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party
In office
December 1, 2018 – November 11, 2019
Preceded byKathleen Matthews
Succeeded byCory V. McCray (Acting)
Personal details
Born
Maya Rockeymoore

(1971-01-31) January 31, 1971 (age 48)
Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Elijah Cummings
(m. 2008; died 2019)
Children3
EducationPrairie View A&M University (BA)
Purdue University (MA, PhD)

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings (born January 31, 1971) is an American consultant, politician, and chair of the Maryland Democratic Party in the United States. Before her election as party chair, she briefly ran for Governor of Maryland. She owns a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm.

Rockeymore Cummings will stand in the 2020 Maryland's 7th congressional district special election, to campaign for the seat previously held by her husband.

Early life and career[edit]

Rockeymore Cummings graduated from John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas.[1] She earned her bachelor's degree from Prairie View A&M University, and then attended Purdue University, where she studied political science. She earned a master's degree in 1996 and a Doctor of Philosophy in political science, with an emphasis in public policy, in 2000.[2][3][4]

From 1995 to 1997, Rockeymoore Cummings was the Administrative Assistant to the Director at the Marion County Department of Health in Indiana. In September 1997, she then moved to Washington, D.C., and became a legislative fellow for the Congressional Black Caucus under former Rep. Melvin Watt. In 1998, she moved to the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee as a professional staffer, until January 1999, at which time she began working as the Chief of Staff for former Rep. Charles Rangel.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 2017, Rockeymoore Cummings announced she would run for governor of Maryland in the 2018 election.[5][6][7][3][8] She received an endorsement from EMILY's List when she ran for Governor of Maryland.[2] In January 2018, after her husband was hospitalized she dropped out of the race.[9]

In December 2018, Rockeymoore Cummings was elected as chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, succeeding Kathleen Matthews.[5][10][11]

On November 11, 2019, she announced on The Rachel Maddow Show that she will stand in the 2020 Maryland's 7th congressional district special election, to campaign for the seat previously held by her husband.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Rockeymoore Cummings married Elijah Cummings, a member of the United States House of Representatives who represented Maryland's 7th congressional district, in 2008.[13] They remained married until his death in 2019. Cummings had three children from earlier relationships, and she is stepmother to his two daughters and one son.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mendoza, Diego (October 19, 2019). "Cummings' wife was a San Antonian before her D.C. life". ExpressNews.com. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Ford, William. "Maya Rockeymoore Cummings more than her husband's name". Philadelphia Tribune. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Dresser, Michael (October 12, 2017). "Maya Rockeymoore Cummings joins Democratic race for Maryland governor". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Maya Rockeymoore". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Wiggins, Ovetta (December 1, 2018). "Maryland Democrats elect Maya Rockeymoore Cummings as state party chair". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Hicks, Josh; Wiggins, Ovetta (July 18, 2017). "Maya Rockeymoore, wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings, weighs run for Md. governor". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  7. ^ Wiggins, Ovetta (October 12, 2017). "Rockeymoore Cummings launches bid for Maryland governor". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  8. ^ Cox, Erin; Fritze, John. "Rep. Elijah Cummings hospitalized, wife Maya Rockeymoore Cummings drops out of Maryland governor race". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  9. ^ "Rep. Elijah Cummings hospitalized; his wife drops out of Maryland governor's race". The Washington Post. January 5, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  10. ^ Gaines, Danielle E. (December 1, 2018). "Looking for a Change, Democrats Elect Rockeymoore Cummings as Party Chair". Maryland Matters. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  11. ^ Burke, Lauren (December 4, 2018). "Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Elected Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party". BlackPressUSA. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  12. ^ Broadwater, Luke (November 11, 2019). "Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, widow of Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings, will seek his seat in Congress". Baltimore Sun.
  13. ^ Kaltenbach, Chris. "Cummings endorses his wife for Democratic National Convention delegate? We should hope so". baltimoresun.com.
  14. ^ Rivera, Zayda (October 17, 2019). "Elijah Cummings' Family: The Congressman's Wife, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, And His Children". BET. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  15. ^ "Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.)". Roll Call. Archived from the original on August 23, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Kathleen Matthews
Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party
2018–2019
Succeeded by
Cory V. McCray
Acting