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Rep. Elijah Cummings, the powerful House Democrat who served Baltimore for almost two decades and was President Trump’s vocal critic, died early Thursday after battling health issues, his office and family said.
Cummings, 68, died at Gilchrist Hospice Care, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins. He was one of Washington’s most powerful Democrats as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and played a key role in the ongoing efforts of House Democrats to impeach Trump.
Tributes poured out on both sides of the aisle on Thursday from politicians and others in politics.
“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.”
The flag was lowered to half staff at the White House.
“My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings,” Trump tweeted. “I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!”
My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019
Cummings’ office said in a brief statement that he died “due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges.” Over the past few years, Cummings had been in ill health, traveling the Senate in a motorized cart and using a walker.
“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.
Statement regarding the passing of @RepCummings : “He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity… I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly.” — @MayaRockeymoore pic.twitter.com/OLXVdHydoO
— MD Democratic Party (@mddems) October 17, 2019
After an undisclosed medical procedure he said it would only keep him away for about a week, Cummings did not return to work. The New York Times confirmed that in 2017, Cummings had heart surgery and had a bacterial infection in his knee.
Cummings was known to drive himself back and forth from Baltimore and Washington — sometimes multiple times a day — to conduct committee hearings, vote on the floor, and address issues in his district.
Cummings built a substantial base of power in the House. He was chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee at the time of his death and a leading voice in the Black Caucus of Congress. He played a key role in the impeachment inquiry into Trump.
Cummings, however, had not been seen in closed-door meetings with Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Eliot Engel. However, any summons, report demand or statement issued on impeachment were issued in the name of all three committee chairs. New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney is next in seniority taking over the committee’s gavel.
A scheduled meeting on Thursday was postponed by the board.
“My heart is broken, as I weep personally and for his family and community,” Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said. “Elijah Cummings’ unmatched integrity and leadership leaves a remarkable legacy.”
“There was no stronger advocate and no better friend than Elijah Cummings,” said North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican on the Oversight Committee who often sparred with Cummings. “I am heartbroken for his wonderful family and staff—please pray for them. I will miss him dearly.”
During the Obama years, during high-profile congressional probes, including during the investigation of the Benghazi attacks, Cummings — as the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee — was known as a relentless defender of the administration.
On January 18, 1951, Cummings was born. A counselor at grade school told Cummings that he was too slow to learn and that he spoke poorly, and he would never fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer.
“I was devastated,” Cummings told The Associated Press in 1996, shortly before he won his seat in Congress. “My whole life changed. I became very determined.”
I’m begging the American people to pay attention to what is going on. Because if you want to have a democracy intact for your children, and your children’s children, and generations yet unborn we’ve got to guard this moment…this is our watch. pic.twitter.com/ShTZwbQROP
— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) July 24, 2019
Cummings, a son of a sharecropper and one of seven children, launched multiple investigations into the political activities of the administration, including probes in 2019 involving the family members of the president working in the White House.
He clashed with Trump after the president criticized his district as a “rodent-infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”
Cummings responded that leaders in government should stop making “hateful, incendiary comments” that only isolate and detract the country from its real problems, including mass shootings and white supremacy.
“Those in the highest levels of the government must stop invoking fear, using racist language and encouraging reprehensible behavior,” Cummings said in a speech at the National Press Club.