Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings dead at 68

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Maryland Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died at the age of 68.

Fox News reporting Congressman Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, died due to health complications at Johns Hopkins Hospital early this morning, according to a statement from his office.

Maryland U.S. Senator Ben Cardin released a statement on the passing of Congressman Cummings early Monday morning, expressing deep sadness.

I am deeply saddened by his passing, and my prayers today are with his family and loved ones – and the people of Baltimore,” Sen. Cardin said. “The death of Chairman Cummings leaves an irreplaceable void in our hearts, in our Maryland and in our Congress. Quite possibly no elected official mattered so much to his constituents. Chairman Cummings guaranteed a voice to so many who would otherwise not have one, and stood as a symbol for the heights one could reach if they paid no mind to obstacles, naysayers and hate. His commitment to his city and country was unwavering, as will be my lasting respect for him.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued a statement Monday morning, calling Congressman Cummings a “fierce advocate for civil rights and Maryland.”

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings, who was a fierce advocate for civil rights and for Maryland for more than three decades,” Gov. Hogan said. “Congressman Cummings leaves behind an incredible legacy of fighting for Baltimore City and working to improve people’s lives. He was a passionate and dedicated public servant whose countless contributions made our state and our country better. Maryland’s First Lady and I ask Marylanders to join us in praying for his loved ones, his constituents, and his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford issued a statement, calling Congressman Cummings a dedicated public servent and a trailblazer for Marylanders.

“Congressman Elijah Cummings was a dedicated public servant for 36 years, a trailblazer who was unafraid to speak up for what he believed in and the people he represented. His passing will undoubtedly be felt by the people of Baltimore and by people all across our state and nation,” Lt. Governor Rutherford said. “It is times like these that we put politics aside and remember a man who deeply cared for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland. My wife Monica and I, and our entire family, join with many others in praying for Rep. Cummings’ friends and family, especially his wife Maya, that they find comfort in his legacy during this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace.”

Congressman Cummings was a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.