Democratic U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings died early Thursday morning from complications with longstanding health problems, according to his office. He was 68-years-old.
Cummings served as the Chair of the House Oversight Committee and has been a key player in the impeachment probe against President Donald Trump. Rep. Cummings was also a fixture in the civil rights movement.
His district represented the Baltimore area of Maryland.
Congressman Cedric Richmond issued the following statement:
“The untimely death of my dear friend and colleague Congressman Elijah Cummings has not only struck a chord of deep sorrow within me, his loss has reverberated throughout every hall in Congress,” said Rep. Richmond. “Elijah was the quintessential public servant having spent nearly a quarter of a century in Congress. In total, he dedicated over three decades of service to the state of Maryland throughout his illustrious career. Elijah was a man of principle whose relentless work ethic helped shape American progress through his unswerving fight for justice, democracy, and civil rights.
“Elijah’s loss is especially difficult for the Congressional Black Caucus. As a former Chairman, his bold leadership served as an inspiration during my tenure in the same role. Although an integral piece of the “Conscience of the Congress” will be missing, we are all committed to carrying on his impassioned legacy. I extend my deep and sincere condolences to Elijah’s family, members of his staff, and to the constituents he served so fervently. May we all remain inspired by his fight for our country and continue his work for years to come.”