Rep. Elijah Cummings died at 68 at Johns Hopkins Hospital early Thursday as a result of complications from longstanding health challenges, his office said in a statement.
A Maryland Democrat, Cummings was the chairman of the House Committee Oversight and Government Reform, one of the major congressional committees involved in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
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
The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday afternoon that Cummings had not returned to his office as expected following a medical procedure. It has not been disclosed what sort of procedure Cumming’s underwent.
His office did not respond to the Sun’s requests for comment at the time.
Cummings also missed a committee hearing regarding statehood for Washington, D.C., on Sept. 19 as a result of his ongoing health issues.
Cummings was elected to Congress in 1996 and represented a portion of Baltimore. He was previously an attorney and a state lawmaker.
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