Longtime Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings died October 17th at the age of 68. Cummings passed at a hospice center in Baltimore at 2:45 a.m. from “complications concerning longstanding health challenges.”
Born on January 18th, 1951 Cummings started his life as the son of a sharecropper. He would later join the Maryland House of Delegates before winning his congressional seat in a special election in 1996, replacing former Rep. Kweisi Mfume.
Cummings gained national attention for his principled stands on politically charges issues in the House, his advocacy for the poor in his black-majority district, and his support for Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy back in 2007.
As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings led multiple investigations of President Donald Trump’s dealings, including probes in 2019 relating to the president’s family members serving in the White House.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the flags at the U.S. Capitol to be flown at half-staff to commemorate his passing.