Maya Rockeymoore Biography
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings (born January 31, 1971) is an American politician and the chair of the Maryland Democratic Party. Before her election as party chair, she briefly ran for Governor of Maryland. She owns a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm and holds a PhD in Political Science from Purdue University. She received a 2017 endorsement from EMILY’s List when she ran for Governor of Maryland.
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A great loss to our country and especially to the family of a great legislator and human, full of compassion and fairness.
He’ll be deeply missed. RIP Rep.#Elijah Cummings ?@MayaRockeymoore @SpeakerPelosi @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/ZRx2ClbMPx
— Ortizmedia (@Ortizmedia1) October 17, 2019
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Quick Bio
|Age||She was born on born on January 31st, 1971 (Age 48) in Wichita Falls, Texas, United States|
|Husband||Elijah Cummings (m. 2008)|
|Education||Prairie View A&M University, Purdue University|
|Books||The Political Action Handbook: A How-to Guide for the Hip Hop Generation|
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Family
Maya Rockeymoore was born on January 31st, 1971 in Texas. Her father who was in the Air Force made the family moved around several states. Her parents, Thomas Charles Rockeymoore and Hazel Brown Rockeymoore, were childhood sweethearts. Hazel passed away in September of 2015. According to her obituary, Hazel was the youngest of nine siblings.
Rockeymoore Cummings has two siblings, Mark and Meredith. She also has seven nieces and nephews.
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Education & Early Political Career
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings earned her bachelor’s degree in 1993 from Praire View A&M University in Texas, a historically black college. She studied political science and was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
From 1995 to 1997, Dr. 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, in which she began working as the Chief of Staff for former Rep. Charles Rangel.
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party
I had the privilege of working with @RepCummings while Senior Policy Advisor for @reinvestfund. Today we lost true hero and fearless warrior. My heartfelt condolences to @MayaRockeymoore, his family and congressional staff. https://t.co/0UsZy7KGD2
— Patricia Smith (@patsmith_tfn) October 17, 2019
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is the Chair of the Democratic party in her adopted home state of Maryland. She was elected to be the chair of the state party in December of 2018 for a four years term.
The vote was 438-319 against the assumed favorite, Kathleen Matthews. Matthews had served as chairwoman for the two previous years.
But as reported by Maryland Matters, a nonprofit, nonpartisan website covering politics in the state, party leaders were apparently drawn to Rockeymoore’s promise to be more inclusive and to reach out to both progressive and more centrist members of the party. She also vowed to increase services to rural areas.
Before the vote on December 1, Rockeymoore addressed the fact that Democrats had won down-ballot races in Maryland in 2018 but had lost the governor’s race to Republican Larry Hogan. The Washington Post quoted part of her speech, “We have a structural problem when it comes to the top of the ticket. And that structural problem will create a downward spiral for our party if we don’t fix it now.”
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Maryland Gubernatorial Ambitions
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings had planned to challenge Larry Hogan for the governor’s office in 2018 but ended up withdrawing from the race. Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Hogan Jr. is an American politician serving as the 62nd and current Governor of Maryland, serving since 2015.
Rockeymoore launched a campaign in October of 2017 to be the Democratic nominee for governor. At that point, she had never held an elected position before. One of her key agendas was health care.
Rockeymoore’s campaign did not get a chance to really take off. She was the last candidate to declare and the first to drop out. She suspended her gubernatorial campaign in January of 2018 after her husband was hospitalized for a bacterial infection. Rep. Cummings had also undergone heart surgery the previous year.
Rockeymoore issued a statement at the time that read, “Making a positive and direct contribution to the state of Maryland and to our nation was my greatest motivating factor for stepping into the public arena. Unfortunately, due to personal considerations, I am suspending my bid for governor of Maryland. I thank all of the people across the country who have supported my campaign and those whom I have met on the campaign trail who also fervently believe that we can and must do better for the people of Maryland.”
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Global Policy Solutions
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings formed a political think tank and consulting firm, Global Policy Solutions in Washington, D.C. in 2005.
Rockeymoore explains on her Linkedin profile that she leads a “consulting team of ‘solutionists’ dedicated to creating and implementing social change strategies for corporate, philanthropic, non-profit, academic, and governmental organizations.”
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Tribute to her Late Husband
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings (Elijah E. Cummings widow): “He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation’s diversity was our promise, not our problem.” https://t.co/8lUuElNK2U pic.twitter.com/3zcSPf6IBL
— KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO (@KNX1070) October 17, 2019
Rockeymoore released a statement following his husband’s death which reads:
“It is with great sadness and a heavy collective heart that we announce the passing of Chairman Elijah Eugene Cummings. He was a father, a husband, a son of Baltimore, and a Statesman who served Maryland’s 7th Congressional District for more than 20 years, and served 16 years prior to that as a Delegate in the Maryland General Assembly.
Chairman Cummings will always be remembered for dedicating his life’s work to improving the lives of others, standing up for his community, and protecting our Democracy.
“Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion, and humility. He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation’s diversity was our promise, not our problem. It’s been an honor to walk by his side on this incredible journey. I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly.” Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings said.
Our hearts are broken over the loss of such a dynamic figure in American politics. And we ask the public and the press to allow Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings — and the rest of the Cummings family — time and space to grieve their loss.”
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Children
Rockeymoore Cummings did not have children of her own. But after marrying Elijah Cummings in 2008, she became a stepmother. Rep. Cummings has three children from previous relationships, including daughters Jennifer and Adia, who posed with the Obamas in the Instagram photo below. Adia, who graduated from Howard University in 2016, also made headlines that year for using her father’s car, which he had let her borrow, to drive for Lyft.