Representative Elijah Cummings of Baltimore died early Thursday at the age of 68, his cabinet reported. Cummings died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 2:45 a.m. "From complications related to longstanding health challenges," his office said.
He did not return to work after having a medical procedure that he thought would keep him away for a week, the Baltimore sun pointed. May 1965 Rockhamour Cummings, chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party and wife of Cummings, said in a statement that Cummings was “an honest man who proudly serves his area and nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and compassion. . "
" He worked to the last breath because he believed that our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that the diversity of the nation was our promise, not our problem, "said Rockimour Cummings. "I loved him deeply, and I will miss him dearly."
The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, a Democrat and 23-year veteran of the House, was a key figure in the impeachment investigation of President Trump and the recent target of intense criticism from the president.
Cummings missed two voting roles on Thursday, the first day back after a two-week recess. Earlier, he released a statement saying he would be back by the time the session resumed. He has not participated in the roll-call vote since 9/11.
The procedure had already prompted Cummings to skip a hearing in September at a Washington state statement. The statement did not detail the procedure.
He had previously been treated for heart and knee problems.
The son of the devil, Cummings is a fearsome speaker who passionately advocates for the poor in his black majority, which encompasses much of Baltimore as well as the more affluent suburbs.
As chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Cummings has led numerous investigations into Mr. Trump's transactions, including probes in 2019 involving members of the White House presidential staff.
The president responded by criticizing the Cummings neighborhood as "rodent-ridden" where "no human being would want to live." The comments came weeks after Mr Trump attracted bilateral condemnation following his calls for Democratic congressional women to get out of the US "now" and return to their "shattered and assaulted countries."
Cummings replied that government officials should stop making "hateful, inflammatory comments" that only serve to separate and distract the nation from its real problems, including mass shootings and white supremacy.
"Those in the highest levels of government should stop invoking fear by using racist language and promoting abusive behavior," Cummings said in a speech to the National Press Club.
Cummings Career spanning decades in Maryland politics, he rose through the ranks of Maryland House delegates before winning his seat in the 1996 congressional election to replace former Rep. Quisi Mfum, who left to head NAACP.
Cummings continued its ascent to Congress. he was a senior Democrat on the Benghazi Committee in the House in 2016, which he said was "nothing more than taxpayer-funded efforts to harm Hillary Clinton's campaign for president."
Cummings is an early supporter of Barack Obama's presidential bid 2008 bid
Throughout his career, Cummings has used his fiery voice to emphasize the struggles and needs of inner-city residents. He was a firm believer in some of the many discussed approaches to assisting the poor and dependent, such as needle exchange programs as a way of reducing the spread of AIDS.
Cummings was born on January 18, 1951. At school school, a counselor told Cummings that he was too slow to study and spoke poorly and would never fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer.
"I was devastated," Cummings told the Associated Press in 1996, shortly before winning his seat in Congress, "My whole life has changed. I have become very determined."
He stole Cummings to prove that the counselor was wrong. He became not only a lawyer, but also one of the most powerful speakers in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he took office in 1983. He rose to become House speaker, the first black delegate to hold that position. He will begin his comments slowly, developing his theme and raising the emotional warmth until it becomes like a pulpit from the pulpit.
Cummings is quick to note the differences between Congress and the Maryland General Assembly, which has long been controlled by Democrats
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Cummings chaired the Black Caucus Congress from 2003 to 2004, using a solid exploration style for every opportunity to put the group in national floodlights.
He traveled to great victories in the extremely democratic neighborhood that gave Maryland its first black congressman in 1970 when Paren Mitchell was elected.