Elijah Cummings and the Impact Left Behind

Elijah E. Cummings, one of the most formidable American politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives and a fundamental figure in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, has died at the age of 68. His office said in a brief statement that Cummings succumbed to "complications concerning longstanding health challenges" around 2:45 a.m. at a hospice affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital on Thursday. Cummings, who was serving his 13th term in the House, had been in poor health for a long time.

Rep. Cummings had been the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and had been insistent on civil rights and human rights, a prominent critic of the Trump administration, and a promoter of Democratic policies. President Trump had thought of him as an adversary, especially after Cummings summoned a multitude of inquiries that examined the treatment of migrant children at the border. Cummings had also been well known for his fair and deferential treatment of his Republican counterparts.

Republican Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said in a statement that "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."

An alumnus of Howard University, Rep. Cummings graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and had also been Student Government President. He then graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law and earned 13 honorary doctoral degrees from institutions throughout the United States, as stated by his House of Representatives biography. Cummings’ grade school counselor cautioned him that he was a slow-learner and spoke inefficiently, and he would be unable fulfill his aim of finding triumph as a lawyer. He became not only a lawyer, but one of the most formidable orators in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he entered office in 1983.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, the congressman credited his parents with raising him with a moral code that guided him into public service. He first engaged in political strength in his home district of Baltimore, never moving out from the inner-city, and serving for 14 years in the Maryland House of Delegates and becoming the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tempore. Cummings is survived by his partner, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, who is serving as the chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party.


"Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility," she 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."

Rep. Cummings had become involved in the Congressional Black Caucus and served as its chairman for a time in Washington. Cummings had been a mentor to other members, such as Representative Lacy Clay, who had said that the congressman guided him on the manners of the House when he had been a freshman.


Rep. Elijah Cummings will lie in state in The National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, ahead of funeral services at his church in his home district of Baltimore.




Biography. (2019, July 2). Retrieved from https://cummings.house.gov/about/full-biography.

Elijah Cummings, esteemed longtime Baltimore congressman, has died at 68. (2019, October 17). Retrieved from https://www.cbsnews.com/news/elijah-cummings-has-died-baltimore-congress....

Stolberg, S. G., & Stout, D. (2019, October 17). Elijah Cummings, Powerful Democrat Who Investigated Trump, Dies at 68. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/us/politics/elijah-cummings-death-ill....