BALTIMORE, Md. (WRIC) — Longtime Baltimore area Congressman Elijah Cummings has died at John’s Hopkins due to complications from longtime medical issues.
Cummings was the chair of the House Oversight Committee and served in the house since 1996.
He was 68-years-old.
Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released a statement on the passing of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07):
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my longtime friend and colleague, Elijah Cummings. He rose from modest beginnings to be one of the greatest public servants our country has seen. Elijah always did what he believed was right, which earned him respect and friendship on both sides of the aisle. His courage, passion, and integrity were undeniable to anyone who crossed his path.
Elijah inspired us regularly as one of the greatest orators in the House of Representatives. He came to my District as a guest speaker a few times and all were in awe after he spoke. Elijah’s powerful voice made everyone take notice, listen intently, and act.
America has lost a fierce warrior who was committed to doing the right thing, regardless of politics. We will truly feel his absence in the House, where he spoke truth to power and passionately advocated for justice and equality for all.
Vivian and I send our prayers and deepest condolences to his wife Maya, children, and other family as we mourn a great man. The world is better because of the life and legacy of Elijah Cummings.”
From the Associated Press:
BALTIMORE (AP) – Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said. He was 68.
A sharecropper’s son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his district that encompassed a large portion of Baltimore.
As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings led multiple investigations into Trump’s governmental dealings. The investigations angered the president, who criticized the congressman’s district in 2019 as a “rodent-infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”
Cummings responded that government officials must stop making “hateful, incendiary comments” that only serve to divide and distract the nation from its real problems.