Maryland Rep. Elijah Eugene Cummings has died at the age of 68. Cummings was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland’s 7th congressional district. The son of a sharecropper, Cummings was a gifted speaker who passionately advocated on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised. He was Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee that investigated the impeachment inquiry of Trump.
Cummings was unwavering in his mission to see democracy prevail.
“When we’re dancing with the angels, the question will be asked, in 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact?” — Rep. Elijah Cummings.Cummings’ wife, Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, said her husband worked tirelessly despite numerous health issues.
“He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation’s diversity was our promise, not out problem,” her statement reads.
Many respected public officials and political pundits took to Twitter to share their condolences.
“We lost a giant today,” tweeted Sen. Kamala Harris. “Congressman Elijah Cummings was a fearless leader, a protector of democracy, and a fighter for the people of Maryland.
Our world is dimmer without him in it. ”From NAACP: “The entire @NAACP family is devastated by loss of #ElijahCummings. A fearless champion of justice who fought tirelessly for civil rights & equality for everyone, including his beloved Baltimore. Our democracy is stronger because of him.
#RestInPower”Michael Eric Dyson tweeted, “God bless the memory of the Great @RepCummings, a valiant warrior for justice who stood in the gap as a prophetic politician who wielded his blazing oratory and brilliant mind in service to the least fortunate in Baltimore and beyond! Bless @MayaRockeymoore too!”