Maya Rockeymoore Cummings

For US House Representative, MD-7

Portrait of For US House Representative, MD-7

Position Sought

Maryland’s 7th Congressional District

Date of Primary

June 2, 2020 (POSTPONED FROM April 28th)


Higher Heights for America PAC was proud to endorse Maya Rockeymoore Cummings to represent Maryland’s 7th Congressional District.

Maya has fought for those who have been historically left out of our nation’s wealth and prosperity. In her roles as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill, at the National Urban League, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Maya worked to address disparities in health care, especially for communities of color and Black women; advocated for our children’s health and wellbeing across the country; and led the fight to push back against President George W. Bush’s efforts to privatize Social Security.

In October 2017, Maya launched her campaign for Governor, running in part on a platform of protecting health care for Marylanders from Republican efforts in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act and overhaul the nation’s health care system. She dropped out of the race in January 2018 to help her late husband Congressman Elijah Cummings recover from health issues.

Maya’s commitment to serving Maryland led her to put her name forward for Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party in 2018; she was nominated by Maureen Evans Arthurs from Howard County and Sheila Ruth from Baltimore County and elected to be Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party.  

If elected Maya will push for an increase in the federal minimum wage with automatic annual cost of living increases, the expansion of Social Security including better benefits for low-income families, widows and dependents, the elimination of the pay gap for women through increased transparency requirements for employers.

In 2008, Maya married the love of her life, the late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, whom she’d met while working on Capitol Hill in the late 90s. 

Maya attended Prairie View A&M University, an HBCU. Maya went on to receive her master’s and Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University, specializing in public policy, international relations, American politics, and African American studies. 

Higher Heights for America PAC strongly encouraged its members to support Maya’s campaign with their time, talent and resources. We know there is strength in our numbers, and when mobilized, Black women can and do make the difference in elections.

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