Kweisi (Kweisi) Mfume (D-USH07)
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Capitol: 202.225.4741
FAX: 202.225.3178
District: 410.685.9199
Representative
Room 2263 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-2007

Residence: Baltimore, MD
Elected: 2020    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Tiffany McMillan   DOB: 10/24/1948
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure
Vice ChairHouse Subcommittee on National Security
Vice ChairHouse Committee on Small Business
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services
MemberHouse Committee on Oversight and Reform
FC MemberCongressional Caribbean Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus (HBCU)
MemberHouse Committee on Education and Labor
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
Counties Representing
Baltimore City / Baltimore / Howard

Bio

Kweisi Mfume (pronounced Kwah-EE-see Oom-FOO-may), was born, raised and educated in the city of Baltimore and it was there that he followed his dreams to impact society and to help shape public policy.

He attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland where as an honors student he graduated magna cum laude. He later returned there to join the staff as an adjunct professor teaching courses in Political Science and Communications. He was voted the University's 2013 Alumnus of the Year.

As Mfume's community involvement grew, so did his experience as an activist, radio commentator, administrator, and TV personality. By the age of thirty-one he had won his first election to the Baltimore City Council.

During his seven years of service in local government, he chaired the City Council's Committee on Health Policy and led the efforts to diversify city government, improve community safety, enhance business development, and divest city funds from the then-apartheid government of South Africa.

He enrolled in and graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 1984, earning a master's degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in International Studies. He is a lifetime member of the Johns Hopkins and Morgan State University alumni associations.

At the age of thirty-eight, he was decisively elected to the United States Congress, a seat he firmly held for the next decade during the terms of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.

Kweisi Mfume left his Congressional seat to become President and Chief Executive Officer of the NAACP in February of 1996 after being unanimously elected to the post and served there for nine years. During that time, he significantly raised the national profile of the NAACP while helping to restore its prominence among the nation's oldest civil rights organizations.

Mfume was an original member of the Continuity of Government Commission established by the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Commission was created to study and recommend reforms related to Presidential and Congressional succession in a time of national catastrophic crisis or in the event of a terrorist attack.

From 2010 to 2011, he served as Executive Director of the National Medical Association (NMA) founded in 1895 as the nation's oldest African American Medical Association promoting the collective interests of physicians and patients throughout the U.S. Following his role there, he functioned as a corporate business consultant to AT&T of North America. Later in 2011 he was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services as a member on the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health. He concluded his four year term of federal service to the NIH in 2014.

From 2013 to 2018, Mfume lead an NIH funded team of researchers in developing ways to close the gaps between science and health disparity policies as the Managing Director and Principal Investigator for the Health Policy Research Consortium in Maryland. He also served concurrently as Chief Health Equity Officer and a member of the Board for CTIS (Capital Technologies Information Systems) in Rockville, Maryland. From 2011 until 2020 he served as a member of the Board of Research America and from 2016 to 2020 as its Vice Chairman.

Mfume was sworn in as a member of the 116th Congress on May 5, 2020, after winning a special election to fill the remainder of the term vacated by the death of his friend of 42 years (and successor in Congress) Congressman Elijah Cummings. Mfume subsequently won election to a full term in the 117th Congress. So far, his congressional successes include passing legislation to address the longstanding need for diversity in clinical cancer trials by pharmaceutical companies using federal dollars (the "Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act"), codified and tripled the budget of the only federal agency tasked with promoting the growth and competitiveness of minority-owned businesses (the Minority Business Development Agency), brought back billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief money to his Maryland District, and helped countless constituents with his constituent services efforts.

He serves on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, the Education and Labor Committee, and is Vice-Chair of the Small Business Committee. He is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus, and the Defense Spending Reduction Caucus.

Mfume serves as Chairman of the Morgan State University Board of Regents and is a gubernatorial appointee to the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Gamma Boule Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 33- Prince Hall Affiliation Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America, and formerly as an associate in the Association of Former Members of Congress.

For the last two decades, he has lectured at scores of colleges, universities, corporations, medical associations, and bar associations across the country on the subjects of history, politics, diversity, compliance, health policy, disparities in health care, tolerance and the new challenges of gender and race.

He has been honored with scores of other awards, proclamations and citations.