Representative Elijah Cummings

District Maryland 7th
Key Coastal Communities Chesapeake Bay
Party Democratic
Terms 11th


Joint Economic Committee, Transportation and Infrastructure, Oversight and Government Reform

Caucuses House Congressional Black Caucus, House Progressive Caucus
Quote "The dangers now confronting our oceans and America’s Chesapeake Bay demand a heightened sense of urgency on the part of policy makers and citizens alike," Congressman Cummings declared upon learning of his endorsement by Ocean Champions.

"I deeply appreciate this recognition of my work in the Congress" the Maryland Representative continued. "It brings us another step closer to achieving the corrective actions that our oceans and bays so desperately need."


Leadership: Congressman Cummings has been outspoken about the state of the Chesapeake and our responsibility to improve it. The inflow of nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediments are key factors in the deteriorating health of the Bay. The Bay crosses a number of federal, state and local governmental boundaries, so Congressman Cummings has wisely introduced legislation that seeks to define the responsibilities of those governments and establish their accountability for results. He has also cosponsored a number of important bills seeking to improve Bay health.

In addition to his leadership on the Bay, Congressman Cummings has accumulated an outstanding voting record on ocean conservation issues. Most recently, he cast an important vote to protect innovative fishery management frameworks that have been proven to work for fish and fishermen. He has also voted to protect the National Ocean Policy, which improves ocean governance by facilitating communication and coordination across the 20 federal agencies with jurisdiction for ocean issues.

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