Elijah Cummings dies at Baltimore hospital

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U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) died in a Baltimore hospital on Oct. 17, 2019. (Photo public domain)

Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings died on Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

68, represented Maryland’s 7th congressional district, which includes portions
of Baltimore, since 1996. Cummings most recently chaired the House Oversight
and Reform Committee, which is among the committees leading the impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

Associated Press notes
Cummings backed needle exchange programs as a way to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

in October 2012 was the last member of the Maryland Democratic congressional
delegation to publicly
the state’s same-sex marriage law. Cummings spoke with the Washington
Blade about the issue less than a month before Maryland voters upheld the
statute in a referendum.

respect and support the decision of the Maryland legislature and will vote in
support of Question 6,” said

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The-late Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings and then-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley outside Northwood Elementary School in Baltimore on Nov. 6, 2012. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) are among those who mourned Cummings’ death.

“Congressman Cummings
leaves behind an incredible legacy of fighting for Baltimore City and working
to improve people’s lives,” said Hogan in a statement. “He was a
passionate and dedicated public servant whose countless contributions made our
state and our country better.”

Trump, who has previously attacked Cummings, in a tweet extended his “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,” tweeted Trump. “His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace.”

activists in Maryland also mourned Cummings death.

“What a terrible loss for the people of Baltimore and of Maryland,” tweeted Maryland LGBT PAC Treasurer Brian Gaither, who is also the co-founder of the Pride Foundation of Maryland.

state Del. Gabriel Acevero (D-Montgomery County) described Cummings as a “servant, leader and
Maryland state Sen. Mary Washington (D-Baltimore City)
also mourned Cummings.

“There are no words to sufficiently convey the
depth of our sorrow when we learned of the passing of this great man,”
wrote Washington on her Facebook page. “We in the 43rd District, Baltimore
City, Maryland and worldwide have been blessed to count on him as a friend and
mentor. He has been with us in every fight. A strong and steady light in what
was too frequently a dull and dismal political landscape. A champion who gave a
full-throated voice to our hopes and our outrage.”

“Our hearts go out to
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, her family and indeed the world,” she
added. “We will miss him! Good night and rest in peace, our Honorable
Elijah Cummings, your spirit will live on as we continue this fight.”

A special election to fill
Cummings’ seat has yet to be scheduled.

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