Kweisi Mfume was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 24, 1948. He attended Baltimore city public schools and graduated (magna cum laude) with a B.A. from Morgan State University in Baltimore in 1976. He received an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1984.
He served on the Baltimore city council from 1979 to 1987; was assistant professor at Morgan State University; and he was program director for WEAA-FM Radio in Baltimore. Mr. Mfume is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Honor Society, the NAACP, and the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Mfume was elected to the 100th Congress from Baltimore in November, 1986, and has been reelected to each succeeding Congress. His committee assignments are: House Banking and Financial Services, where he serves on the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and the Subcommittee on General Oversight and Investigations; the House Small Business Committee and the Subcommittee on Government Programs, and the Joint Economic Committee.
He is the divorced father of five sons.