Oct 17, 2019

Rep. Elijah Cummings dies at 68

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House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) died Thursday at age 68 due to "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," according to a statement from his office.

The big picture: Cummings had become one of the most visible House Democrats in recent years, given his committee's broad power to conduct oversight investigations against the Trump administration. As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, he was a leading figure in the Trump impeachment inquiry. This summer, President Trump attacked his Baltimore district as "disgusting" and "rodent infested," prompting bipartisan outrage.

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Elijah Cummings' widow to run for his House seat

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings during the funeral of her husband, Rep. Elijah Cummings, in Baltimore on Oct. 25. Photo: Julio Cortez-Pool/Getty Images

Maryland Democratic Party Chairwoman Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), told the Baltimore Sun Monday that she'll run for his seat in the state's 7th Congressional District.

I am, of course, devastated at the loss of my spouse, but his spirit is with me. I’m going to run this race and I’m going to run it hard, as if he’s still right here by my side."
— Maya Rockeymoore Cummings' comments to the Baltimore Sun
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In photos: The life and work of Rep. Elijah Cummings

Elijah Cummings. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) died on Thursday at age 68 due to "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," according to a statement from his office.

The big picture: A longtime public servant, Cummings worked for 13 years in Maryland's House of Delegates before he was elected to represent Maryland's 7th Congressional District in 1996. He served in Congress for 23 years.

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Lawmakers, civil rights activists reflect on Elijah Cummings' life

Rep. Elijah Cummings with then-candidate Barack Obama. Photo: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post/Getty Images

President Obama on Thursday issued a statement on the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee and a fierce civil rights advocate.

"Michelle and I are heartbroken over the passing of our friend, Elijah Cummings. As Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, he showed us all not only the importance of checks and balances within our democracy, but also the necessity of good people stewarding it. Steely yet compassionate, principled yet open to new perspectives, Chairman Cummings remained steadfast in his pursuit of truth, justice, and reconciliation. It's a tribute to his native Baltimore that one of its own brought such character, tact, and resolve into the halls of power every day. And true to the giants of progress he followed into public service, Chairman Cummings stood tallest and most resolute when our country needed him the most. May his example inspire more Americans to pick up the baton and carry it forward in a manner worthy of his service. Our deepest sympathies and abiding love go to his wife, Maya, his three children, and all those whose lives he touched."
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