Carnegie Mellon Press Release: April 21, 2004
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Lisa L. Kirchner

For immediate release:
April 21, 2004

Black Caucus Chair To Speak at Heinz School Commencement

WHAT: Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) will make the 33rd commencement address before the 160 graduates of Carnegie Mellon's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. In addition, the Otto A. Davis Award, Heinz School Teaching Assistant Award, Barbara Jenkins Award, Staff Excellence Award and Martcia Wade Teaching Award winners will be announced.

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16, 2004

WHERE: Temple Rodef Shalom, corner of Fifth and Morewood avenues

WHO: First sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives in April 1996, Congressman Cummings is now in his fifth term in Congress. He serves on the House Government Reform Committee, is the Ranking Member of the Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources Subcommittee and is a member of the Wellness and Human Rights Subcommittee. Congressman Cummings also serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Subcommittee on Highways & Transit and the Subcommittee on Railroads. In addition to his standing committee assignments, Congressman Cummings is the co-chair of the House AIDS Working Group and a member of the House Task Force on Health Care Reform. He is the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Prior to his service in the Congress, Cummings served in the Maryland House of Delegates for 16 years. In the Maryland General Assembly, he served as chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus and was the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tem, the second highest position in the House of Delegates. Born on January 18, 1951, Congressman Cummings graduated with honors from Baltimore City College High School in 1969. He attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he served as sophomore class president, student government treasurer and student government president. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1973 with a degree in political science. Cummings then graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1976 and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in December 1976.

About the Heinz School
Founded in 1968 to address complex problems in American urban communities, today the Heinz School is consistently ranked among the top public policy schools by U.S. News and World Report, ranking number one in both information technology and policy management and criminal justice policy and management. The Heinz School applies an analytical, quantitative framework to real-world problems. More information can be found on the Web at


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