Congressman Elijah Cummings Dead at 68

WASHINGTON, D.C. – One of the most powerful and long serving Democrats on Capitol Hill, with direct connections to the propelling the Civil Rights movement early in his life turning into helping lead efforts to impeach President Trump marking his last days in office, has died. Representative Elijah Cummings, a Democrat who represented the Baltimore area where he grew up for more than 20 years, was 68 years old.

From Fox News:

Cummings, who was 68, died at Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate. As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, he was one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington, and played a key role in the House Democrats’ ongoing efforts to impeach Trump.

Tributes poured in Thursday from lawmakers and others in politics on both sides of the aisle.

“I was shocked and saddened to learn the news this morning of my dear friend’s passing,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a fellow Maryland Democrat, said in a statement. “Elijah Cummings was a man of principle, patriotism, and conviction, whose loss will be deeply felt throughout the State of Maryland and our country.”

At the White House, the flag was lowered to half-staff. […]

“He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity,” his wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, said Thursday.”

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