Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings Dies

Rep. Cummings represented Maryland’s 7th District and was Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. His office stated the cause of death as complications from long-standing health challenges.

download 1Congressman Cummings was 68.

His wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, 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.”

Cummings began his political career in 1982 when he was elected to Maryland’s House of Delegates where in 1996, he became the first African American to serve as House speaker pro tem. In 1996, Cummings was elected to Congress in a special election and easily won reelection a dozen times.