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In photos: The life and work of Rep. Elijah Cummings

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.

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.