U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies at 68

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies at 68

He died from "complications concerning longstanding health challenges"

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Elijah Cummings died early Thursday morning. He was 68.

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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.

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