An outpouring of condolences are being expressed in the wake of the passing of revered legislator, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD).
Cummings, 68, lost his battle with cancer on Oct. 17.
“Michelle (Obama) and I are heartbroken over the passing of our friend, Elijah Cummings,” said former president Barack Obama in a statement. “As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, he showed us all not only the importance of checks and balances within our democracy, but also the necessity of good people stewarding it. Steely yet compassionate, principled yet open to new perspectives, Chairman Cummings remained steadfast in his pursuit of truth, justice, and reconciliation. It’s a tribute to his native Baltimore that one of its own brought such character, tact, and resolve into the halls of power every day. And true to the giants of progress he followed into public service, Chairman Cummings stood tallest and most resolute when our country needed him the most. May his example inspire more Americans to pick up the baton and carry it forward in a manner worthy of his service. Our deepest sympathies and abiding love go to his wife, (Dr.) Maya (Rockeymoore Cummings), his three children, and all those whose lives he touched.”
Fifth Congressional District Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) also expressed deep sorrow.
“I am simply devastated and shocked by the loss of Chairman Elijah Cummings,” said Omar in a tweet. “Elijah was a fierce champion of justice, a moral leader in the house, and a wonderful mentor to me as a new member of Congress.”
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who preceded Omar in the 5th and also served with Cummings in the House, sent condolences to Cummings’ family and called the representative “a brilliant man of integrity” and said he was “truly a public servant.”
Cummings, chair of the House Oversight Committee, which is investigating President Donald Trump for possible impeachable offenses, served in Congress from 1996 until his passing, representing Maryland’s 7th congressional district. A graduate of Howard University and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Cummings held a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.
“He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity,” said in a statement Rockeymoore Cummings, who is also chair of the Maryland Democratic Party. “I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly.”
In a pinned post from July 24 on Cummings’ Twitter page the congressman wrote, “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.”