The news that Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, had passed away led to an outpouring of praise and admiration from both sides of the political spectrum on Twitter.
A statement from Cummings’ office said that he passed away around 2:45 AM as a result of complications from “longstanding health challenges.”:
“At approximately 2:45 a.m. on Thursday October 17, 2019, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) passed away at John Hopkins Hospital due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges.”
Politicians and political commentators from both sides of the political spectrum took to Twitter to share their admiration and condolences for Cummings’ family:
Elijah Cummings was not just a great congressman, but a great man.
He had a combination of being strong when he had to be, but also being kind and decent and caring and honorable.
I pray for his family and for the country when people like Elijah are not with us any longer. pic.twitter.com/xGnLlhIGfF
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 17, 2019
Elijah Cummings was the heart and soul of our caucus, a dignified leader with a voice that could move mountains.
He was our moral and ethical North Star. Now we will be guided by his powerful memory and incomparable legacy.
Rest In Peace, my friend.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 17, 2019
Elijah Cummings was a true public servant, his life defined by the love of his community and a fierce commitment to ensuring truth wins over power. The whole Biden family sends our condolences to his wife, Maya, his children, and the entire city of Baltimore. pic.twitter.com/jYbvQwZI1a
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 17, 2019
We lost a giant today. Congressman Elijah Cummings was a fearless leader, a protector of democracy, and a fighter for the people of Maryland. Our world is dimmer without him in it.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 17, 2019
Today our country lost a true leader. Congressman Elijah Cummings was a friend, a passionate fighter for justice, and a powerful voice of moral conscience in our government who served his country for decades with dignity and integrity. I’m blessed to have known him. #RIPElijah
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) October 17, 2019
Thank you, Elijah, for being such a good friend. But we thank God even more that you were such a powerful advocate for your constituents and a true patriot fighting for justice and truth. pic.twitter.com/E1SgnQXorO
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) October 17, 2019
My condolences to the family of Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland who went to be with the Lord early this morning at 68 years of age.
May God grant his family strength & peace in these difficult moments & his soul eternal rest.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 17, 2019
Congressman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who had a longtime friendship with Cummings tweeted his condolences saying “I will miss him dearly.”:
There was no stronger advocate and no better friend than Elijah Cummings. I am heartbroken for his wonderful family and staff—please pray for them.
I will miss him dearly.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) October 17, 2019
President Donald Trump, who attacked Cummings in a series of tweets earlier this year, tweeted that “His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!”:
My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019
Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan (R) ordered Maryland flags to be flown at half-staff to honor Cummings and said in a statement:
“Congressman Cummings leaves behind an incredible legacy of fighting for Baltimore City and working to improve people’s lives. He was a passionate and dedicated public servant whose countless contributions made our state and our country better.”
My statement on the passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings: pic.twitter.com/uSAmKQkH7W
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) October 17, 2019