A progressive leader fighting for Maryland working families
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is a longtime fighter for Maryland’s working families running for governor to expand economic opportunity for all. The daughter of an Air Force veteran, Maya grew up in diverse communities with access to quality health care and educational opportunities. Her parents grew up in the Jim Crow South, and taught Maya and her siblings — only the fourth generation removed from slavery — to work hard, give back, and never take the rights and opportunities they enjoyed for granted. A proud HBCU graduate, she went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science and dedicated her career to improving working families’ lives. Maya became a legislative aide in 1998, and worked tirelessly to educate Congress about dangerous Social Security privatization proposals and helped build the coalition to fight back. She went on to serve as senior resident scholar for health and income security at the National Urban League, and served as vice president of research and programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She was a leader in the national fight to reject President George W. Bush’s plan to end Social Security as we know it. Maya then founded a social change strategy firm as well as a nonprofit think tank, and is a progressive leader fighting to make Maryland’s economy work for everyone, to increase opportunities for Maryland entrepreneurs, and to expand Social Security for the most vulnerable Marylanders. She and her husband, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, live in Baltimore.
A champion for economic opportunity and security
Maya has dedicated her career to fighting for economic opportunity and security, and she has a bold vision for a better, stronger Maryland. “Maryland is punching below its fighting weight,” Maya has said, and she has what it takes to build on the state’s strengths of a diverse and talented workforce, vibrant businesses, world-class universities and medical systems, and a beautiful and rich natural environment. “I am not a typical politician. In fact, I’m not a politician at all,” she has said. “I’m a change agent, with real-world experience.” Maya has an outstanding record as a progressive champion, policy leader, and as a small business owner, and she has what it takes to grow Maryland’s economy. As governor, Maya will fight for all Maryland students to get a solid start and an excellent public education so they can succeed. She will increase access to quality health care for all Marylanders and strengthen support for women and working families like retirement security, family care benefits, and paid sick leave. Maya is committed to developing and executing a regional transit plan that will better help hardworking Marylanders access economic and educational opportunities, while creating jobs and building the infrastructure Maryland needs for a sustainable future. And she will fiercely defend Maryland’s natural environment and ensure the vitality of the Chesapeake Bay for generations of Marylanders and visitors to come.
One of our best opportunities to take back a Republican governorship
Maryland is one of our best opportunities to take back a governorship currently held by a Republican in 2018, and Maya is the strongest candidate to take on GOP incumbent Governor Larry Hogan. This is a state where Hillary Clinton bested Donald Trump by more than 25 points in 2016, and yet it is currently led by a governor working to advance the dangerous Republican agenda. EMILY’s List has put Hogan “On Notice” for his shameful record of turning his back on women’s rights and shortchanging Maryland families — including appointing a Trumpcare proponent to head a top health care post, failing to protect Planned Parenthood funding, and vetoing expanding earned sick leave to more than 700,000 Marylanders. “We need a leader with fresh ideas and clear metrics so that we can hold our government accountable for results,” Maya has said, and she has what it takes to succeed where Hogan has failed. Maya is poised to be the first woman or a person of color to serve as governor of Maryland, and one of the nation's first African-American woman governors. Let’s show her the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help her take back this governorship and move Maryland forward.