Rep. Elijah Cummings Dead At 68

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 07: House Oversight ant Reform Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings speaks at the National Press Club August 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Cummings addressed members of the organization during a luncheon and touched on a number of issues including ongoing investigations of U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The man heading up the impeachment inquiry into President Trump in the House Oversight Committee, Congressman Elijah Cummings has passed away.
The Maryland Democrat was 68 years old.
A tweet from his office says he died this morning at approximately 2:45 Eastern time at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Cummings underwent surgery to repair his aortic valve in May 2017 and was absent from Capitol Hill for two months. In July 2017, he developed a surgery-related infection but returned to work.
The congressman had been suffering from “longstanding health challenges.”

Cummings made headlines over the summer when he came under attack from President Trump. The President labeled Cummings’ Baltimore district a rat-infested mess where no human would want to live and questioned why the congressman wasn’t doing more to find out what happens to the billions of dollars of financial aid going to his city.

Cummings attended Howard University and later went on to graduate from the University of Maryland School of Law. He practiced law for nearly two decades before his election to the House. He also held no less than a dozen honorary doctoral degrees from universities around the nation. He leaves behind a wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, and three children.

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