Cummings received a standing ovation for his April 1996 debut in the chamber, during which he recited a poem about the ephemerality of life and declared his mission was to empower people.
He also repeated a refrain from his time in the Maryland House of Delegates about the world being “a much better world and a much better place if we would only concentrate on things we have in common instead of concentrating on our differences.”
“It’s easy to find differences. Very easy. We need to take more time to find common ground,” he said.
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