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Portraits in Oversight: The Work of Representative Elijah Cummings (Wayne Law Black History Month Programming)

February 17, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


On January 13, 2022, the Levin Center released its “Portraits in Oversight” – short profiles that describe important congressional investigations and trace the work of key figures in the history of legislative oversight. The portraits explore congressional oversight from 1792 to the present day, including inquiries into the Civil War, covert CIA operations, Enron, and Watergate and such figures as Senators Harry Truman and Joe McCarthy, and Representative John Dingell.

As part of Wayne State University’s Black History Month, we are delighted to invite you to our panel discussion on Representative Elijah Cummings’ Portrait in Oversight.

For 23 years, Elijah E. Cummings, the son of sharecroppers, represented Maryland’s 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Elected in 1996, he served on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from his earliest days in Congress until his death in 2019, becoming its Ranking Minority Member in December 2010 and Committee Chair in his last year. During his committee tenure, Rep. Cummings participated in a wide range of high-profile investigations, from inquiries into high-priced prescription drugs that put health care out of reach for average families, to the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, to the separation of families at the U.S. border.

Join us to discuss Representative Cummings’ oversight work with a panel of his former staffers.


This event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, a Congressionally chartered, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on the history and heritage of the U.S. Capitol.


February 17, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Levin Center at Wayne Law
U.S. Capitol Historical Society