BALTIMORE, Md- The widow of the late Congressman Elijah Cummings (Democrat, Maryland), Ms. Maya Rockeymoore, who is also chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, is expected to run for her late husband’s House seat, according to a confidential source.
Although Ms. Rockeymoore has not yet said whether she plans to run or not, people closed to her are gesturing that she is likely to run after her husband’s burial.
Meanwhile, the Maryland Democratic Party released a statement that Rockeymoore would not be making announcements while she grieves.
“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,” the party said in a release.
Rockeymoore, 48, has previously worked for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, served as chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and was a staffer on the House Ways and Means Committee. She also ran for governor in Maryland but dropped out when Cummings was hospitalized in 2018.
Representative Cummings was elected to his seat in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in 1996 and served 12 terms until his death due to underlying health conditions.
Constitutionally, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has 10 days to schedule a special election for Cummings’ seat, but he has wide leverage over when it will take place. It could be as early as February 2019 or more than a year from now, according to confidential sources.
Representative Cummings and Rockeymoore married in 2008, according to the Examiner.
Representative Cummings will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol next week, and a funeral will be held in Baltimore City on Friday.