U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies at 68
He died from "complications concerning longstanding health challenges"
Elijah Cummings died early Thursday morning. He was 68.
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), died early Thursday morning in Baltimore at age 68.
Cummings, according to a statement from his office, died from “complications concerning longstanding health challenges.”
Cummings, D-Md., hadn’t taken part in a roll call vote since Sept. 11, prior to a two-week recess, WTOP reported.
Cummings was elected to Congress in 1996 and became chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
He served in the Maryland House of Delegates for 13 years before his election to Congress.
Cummings, The Washington Post reported, had been one of the leading figures in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump and, as chairman of the Oversight Committee, led several probes into the administration.
He loudly opposed Trump’s immigration policy that separated children from their parents at the border and the proposed addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
Cummings was among the minority of House members who voted against the authorization of the Iraq War during President George W. Bush’s administration.
“The death of Chairman Cummings leaves an irreplaceable void in our hearts, in our Maryland and in our Congress. Quite possibly no elected official mattered so much to his constituents,” U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., posted on Twitter.
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich wrote in a statement Thursday that Cummings was a “great humanitarian.”
“In this difficult time, my deepest sympathy goes out to his wife Maya, their family, friends, and the millions of others whose lives he impacted through his decades of selfless and indefatigable civil service. This is a tremendous loss for our state and the nation,” he wrote.
In 2008, Cummings married Maya Rockeymoore, who currently chairs the Maryland Democratic Party.
There are few leaders like @RepCummings his ability to always stand for what is just and fair no matter the circumstance, is rare these days. We will miss him. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and staff. We mourn with you. May he Rest In Peace.
— Nancy Navarro (@nancy_navarro) October 17, 2019
Congressman Elijah Cummings, a great man of God and champion for the oppressed and forgotten – the epitome of a public servant. He was a mentor, a friend, a confidant and avid supporter of so many who were trying to make this world a better place. #ElijahCummings pic.twitter.com/5kmveOCzy6
— Will Jawando (@willjawando) October 17, 2019
Congressman Elijah Cummings was one of the greats. He fought hard for his constituents, he fought hard for our great state of Maryland and he fought like hell for the integrity of our nation.
Rest in power. pic.twitter.com/z90Z1fSCPE
— Evan Glass (@EvanMGlass) October 17, 2019
.@RepCummings was the beloved favorite son of Maryland and the prophetic voice of moral integrity and social rebuilding that America needs so desperately. It is hard to measure the enormity of the loss we have just suffered. My statement on his passing: pic.twitter.com/7gxbmtHNCh
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) October 17, 2019
I have ordered Maryland flags to fly at half-staff to honor the life and legacy of Congressman Elijah Cummings. We extend our deepest sympathies to his friends, family, and colleagues. pic.twitter.com/K1gKf06COB
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) October 17, 2019
RIP to Maryland poltical giant Congressman Elijah Cummings. I remember the 1st time I heard him speak in person at a Progressive MD event. Incredibly stirring.
— Marc Korman (@mkorman) October 17, 2019