Cummings was the representative for Maryland’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1996 to 2019.
Oversight & Investigations
The Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census
The Commerce Department announced in March 2018 that they will include a question on the 2020 Census asking all respondents whether they are U.S. citizens. The move was almost uniformly opposed by Democrats. Cummings is the Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform which will be investigating the citizenship question on the 2020 Census.
Family Separation at the Southern Border
Documentation suggests that Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen lied to Congress while under oath about whether the separation of refugee families on the southern border was a formal policy of the Department of Homeland Security. Cummings is the Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform which will be investigating both the policy itself and Secretary Nielsen's possible perjury.
Read our 2018 Report Card for Cummings.
Cummings is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Cummings has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 16, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Cummings was the primary sponsor of 19 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2229 (115th): All Circuit Review Act
- H.R. 3031 (115th): TSP Modernization Act of 2017
- H.R. 5920 (114th): Whistleblower Protections for Contractors Act
- H.R. 1233 (113th): Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014
- H.R. 4197 (113th): All Circuit Review Extension Act
- H.R. 4152 (112th): Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012
- H.R. 5773 (111th): To designate the Federal building located at 6401 Security Boulevard in Baltimore, Maryland, commonly known as the Social Security Administration Operations Building, as the “Robert M. Ball ...
Does 19 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Cummings sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Cummings’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4622: Family Asthma Act
- H.R. 4467: Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2019
- H.R. 4012: Safeguarding Student Veterans Act
- H.R. 4011: Opportunity Zone Lead Remediation Impact Act of 2019
- H.Res. 497: Recommending that the House of Representatives find William P. Barr, Attorney General of ...
- H.R. 3469: Covert Testing and Risk Mitigation Improvement Act of 2019
- H.R. 2981: Parren Mitchell Minority Business Education and Empowerment Act of 2019
From Apr 1996 to Oct 2019, Cummings missed 859 of 15,591 roll call votes, which is 5.5%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 2019. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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