Elijah Cummings, Powerful Democratic Chairman And Trump Foil, Passed Away Aged 68

Date October 17, 2019 22:16

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a longtime congressman and leader in the Democratic caucus and a central figure in the impeachment investigation of President Trump, died early Thursday, according to his staff. He was 68.

Elijah E. Cummings reason of death

Mr. Cummings passed away at Johns Hopkins Hospital "due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges," his office said in a statement.

In a statement on Sept. 30, Cummings said his doctors expected him to be able to return to Washington "when the House comes back into session in two weeks." But life, unfortunately, had other plans for him.

In service in Congress since 1996, Mr. Cummings was a well-respected leader in the Democratic caucus whom new members often looked to for guidance.

He will be deeply missed!

He was a powerful orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his black-majority district.

Cummings was an early supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential bid in 2008.

Throughout his career, Cummings used his fiery voice to highlight the struggles and needs of people. He was a firm believer in some much-debated approaches to help the poor and addicted, such as needle exchange programs as a way to reduce the spread of AIDS.

He was known to commute back and forth from Baltimore to Washington every day.

"Congressman Cummings has dedicated his life of service to uplifting and empowering the people he is sworn to represent,"

- his official biography says. And you know what? We believe this to be true! It's always sad when someone dies, especially if it's such a good person, who really cared for the future and wanted to make the world a better place. Elijah left behind his beautiful wife and their 3 children.

A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Our most sincere condolences!