'Huge loss for the nation': Rep. Elijah Cummings — a 'trailblazer' — dies at 68
Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat and chairman of the House Oversight Committee, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 68 Thursday from "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," his office said in a statement.
Cummings played a significant role in numerous investigations into President Donald Trump's conduct and policies, including his mass detention of children at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Maryland Democrat also played a central role in the House impeachment inquiry into the president.
In July, Trump launched vicious and racist attacks on Cummings and his Baltimore district.
"Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors," Cummings tweeted in response to the president's attacks. "It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents."
Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. It is… https://t.co/MeyHXuMQbr— Elijah E. Cummings (@Elijah E. Cummings)1564239956.0
News of Cummings' death was met with an outpouring of grief and well-wishes for his family on social media:
This is just such sad news. @RepCummings was a force to be reckoned with. This is a huge loss for Baltimore, Mary… https://t.co/dhgAC216jz— Vanita Gupta (@Vanita Gupta)1571307574.0
My heart is heavy with a flood of tears waking up to the news my friend @RepCummings has died! Rest in peace my f… https://t.co/hMjPNq6nLv— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan)1571305535.0
Rest in Power Congress Member Elijah Cummings. You were the change you wished to see in the world, a trail blazer and thoughtful leader.— People for Bernie (@People for Bernie)1571307778.0
Very very sad to learn of Elijah Cummings death. I got to work with him as we wrote the 2016 Dem platform, and his… https://t.co/XsdgsegD6h— Bill McKibben (@Bill McKibben)1571307966.0