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Elijah Cummings* (D)

Elijah Cummings

Office Sought: U.S. House, Maryland District 7
Age: 55
Residence: Madison Park.
Education: BA, political science, Howard University; JD, University of Maryland.
Occupation: Member of Congress, lawyer.
Web site: http://www.elijahcummings.com
E-mail address: cummingscongress@cs.com

Elected offices/civic activities:

Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1997-present; member, Maryland House of Delegates, 1983-97; member, board of visitors, U.S. Naval Academy; board member, Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel, Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, B

Why should voters elect you?

"Government should work for working families. I believe that fighting for the values and opportunity that are central to America is a solemn public trust."

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Our security in a time of both opportunity and danger. I will continue to work to effectively address the issues central to our lives — for expanded federal action to 1) protect our community against drug-related crime, violence and the terrorist threat — while protecting our fundamental civil rights and liberties; 2) provide universal access to high-quality health care; 3) assure a quality education, good jobs, affordable housing and dependable public transportation for all our people; 4) protect our environment; and 5) ensure that every citizen can vote and have that vote counted."

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