The annals of Spouses Changing Their Dead Husbands in Congress

The annals of Spouses Changing Their Dead Husbands in Congress

This tradition had been one of many methods American ladies gained use of governmental energy into the century that is 20th

The next day, Marylanders when you look at the state’s 7th congressional region will vote in a primary election to determine who can function as the nominees to displace Congressman Elijah Cummings, whose death in October 2019 left available the chair he’d held since 1996. A public policy consultant and the former chair of the Maryland Democratic Party among the many names (more than 20) on the Democrats’ primary ballot is Cummings’ wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings.

If she wins, she’ll become section of a almost century-long tradition of “widow’s succession, ” whenever wives either went or had been chosen to fill their husband’s vacated seats in Congress in Washington. (based on the rule when it comes to House of Representatives, vacant seats are filled via a unique election; just Senate seats may be filled by governor visit, with a few exceptions. )

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