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Capitol Correspondence - 10.21.19

U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings Passes Away at 68

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It is with a heavy heart that ANCOR received the news of the passing of U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD). Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of Rep. Cummings at this difficult time.

As reported by the Washington Post:

“Elijah E. Cummings, a Democratic congressman from Maryland who gained national attention for his principled stands on politically charged issues in the House, his calming effect on anti-police riots in Baltimore, and his forceful opposition to the presidency of Donald Trump, died Oct. 17 at a hospice center in Baltimore. He was 68.

The cause was ‘complications concerning long-standing health challenges,’ his office said in a statement. Mr. Cummings was chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and a leading figure in the Trump impeachment inquiry and had been out of his office for weeks while recovering from an unspecified medical procedure.”

According to the Baltimore Sun, a special election will be held for his Congressional seat, which will remain vacant until then.