Elijah Cummings, the chairman of theHouse Committee on Oversight and Reform, and a longtime Democratic member from Baltimore, has died.
Cummings was one of the most prominent Democratic members of the House. A former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
The House Oversight is involved in the current impeachment probe investigating Trump, and was active in investigating the Trump administration well before impeachment.
Cummings passed away while at Gilchrist Hospice Care and had undergone a medical procedure, but the severity of his condition was not known to the public.
Although Cummings had not been present on Capitol Hill for a roll call vote since Sept. 11 he had sent out subpoenas to the White House as recently as early October.
Cummings’ widow Dr. Maya Rockeymoore said in a statement,
“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 our problem.”
Cummings’ passing is sure to be a blow to both Democratic and Republican members of Congress, many of whom counted him as a friend.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who is another member of the Maryland delegation said,
“I was shocked and saddened to learn the news this morning of my dear friend’s passing. Elijah Cummings was a man of principle, patriotism, and conviction, whose loss will be deeply felt throughout the State of Maryland and our country. He taught his colleagues how to persevere in the face of adversity, laboring through health challenges in recent years out of a love for serving his constituents and country.”
Even Trump, who targeted Cummings on Twitter earlier this year, also tweeted his condolences Thursday morning.
“I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader.”
Elijah Cummings was 68.