Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies at 68

“We lost a giant today.”

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Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and one of the central figures in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, died early on Thursday in Baltimore. 

Cummings died of longstanding health challenges, his office said. He was 68.

One of the most powerful Democrats, Cummings had represented Maryland’s 7th congressional district for 23 years. Trump frequently targeted Cummings over his key role in investigations into the Trump administration. The president’s attacks included racist rants against Cummings, a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility,” his wife Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings 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.”

“It’s been an honor to walk by his side on this incredible journey. I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly.”

Upon hearing the news, many, including 2020 presidential candidates, posted tributes honoring Cummings:

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