Elijah Cummings, 1951-2019

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 4: U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) during a news conference to introduce H.R.1, the "For the People Act," on the U.S. Capitol on Friday, January 4, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Sa... WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 4: U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) during a news conference to introduce H.R.1, the "For the People Act," on the U.S. Capitol on Friday, January 4, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS

The 68-year-old Maryland Democrat who chaired the House Committee on Oversight and Reform died Thursday.

His wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, released the following statement:

It is with great sadness and a heavy collective heart that we announce the passing of Chairman Elijah Eugene Cummings. He was a father, a husband, a son of Baltimore, and a Statesman who served Maryland’s 7th Congressional District for more than 20 years, and served 16 years prior to that as a Delegate in the Maryland General Assembly.

Chairman Cummings will always be remembered for dedicating his life’s work to improving the lives of others, standing up for his community, and protecting our Democracy.
“Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility. He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation’s diversity was our promise, not our problem. It’s been an honor to walk by his side on this incredible journey. I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly.” Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings said.
Our hearts are broken over the loss of such a dynamic figure in American politics. And we ask the public and the press to allow Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings — and the rest of the Cummings family — time and space to grieve their loss.
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