This morning, Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings passed away at 68 years old due to health complications. Rep. Cummings had been a Member of Congress since 1996 and presided over most of Baltimore County.
Throughout his time in public office, the Maryland Democrat was a champion for civil rights and rose to senior positions within the House of Representatives. Rep. Cummings was the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Rep. Cummings and Pres. Trump may have had their differences, but they respected each other. The White House lowered its flag to half mast, and the President paid tribute to the late Congressman.
President Trump extended his “warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings,” on twitter. The President shared that he “got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!" (FoxNews).
Politicians across the aisle have united to pay tribute to Cummings, ranging from Democratic candidate Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). All have expressed sympathy for Cummings, as his legacy will live on in Congress.