House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings passed away (D-MD) from complications due to long term health problems.
Rep, Cummings was a powerful committee chairman and one of the central leaders of the Trump impeachment investigation, but he was also a passionate and dedicated voice fighting for the American people. Cummings had something that is missing in the current political climate. He was a person of decency and integrity. He formed friendships with Republicans and was respected on both sides of the aisle.
Cummings strived to work in a bipartisan way. He even tried to form a relationship with Donald Trump and went out of his way to avoid the fiery rhetoric that defines much of the political dialogue in the country.
Rep. Cummings responded with class after Trump launched and vile and racist attack on his district in Baltimore.
Video of Morning Joe announcing the death of Rep. Cummings:
The heartbroken Morning Joe team announces the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, who was the powerful House Oversight Committee chairman. pic.twitter.com/OehiOGElKg
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) October 17, 2019
Rep. Cummings was a private person who didn’t discuss his family or health struggles publicly.
He was a giant of the House whose character and leadership void will not be filled.
Rep. Cummings was 68.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and Professional Memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association