Flags at the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the White House, and in Maryland were lowered to half-staff Thursday in honor of Elijah Cummings, the Maryland Democrat who served as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Commitee. He has been in the public eye in recent years for his vocal opposition to President Trump.
Despite the strongly partisan nature of the political atmosphere these days, reactions and tributes have been coming in from across the political spectrum today since Rep. Cummings passing earlier Thursday at age 68.
Democrats remembered Cummings as “a principled leader,” “a champion for justice” and “a giant.”
Across the aisle, Republicans are also tweeting their condolences.
From Rep. Cummings' official website:
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where he still resides today. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Howard University, serving as Student Government President and graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and then graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law. Congressman Cummings has also received 13 honorary doctoral degrees from Universities throughout the nation.
Congressman Cummings has dedicated his life of service to uplifting and empowering the people he is sworn to represent. He began his career of public service in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served for 14 years and became the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tem. Since 1996, Congressman Cummings has proudly represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Cummings often says that our children are the living messages that we send to a future we will never see. In that vein, he is committed to ensuring that our next generation has access to quality healthcare and education, clean air and water, and a strong economy defined by fiscal responsibility.
Congressman Cummings currently serves as the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform. As the main investigative committee in the House of Representatives, Oversight and Reform has jurisdiction to investigate any federal program and any matter with federal policy implications. As the Committee’s Chairman, Congressman Cummings fights to hold the Presidential Administration to a high standard of excellence and to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in the actions of the government of the United States. He also seeks to identify appropriate reforms that prevent waste, fraud and abuse and that ensure government programs meet the needs of the American people.