DNC on the Passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings:

“America has lost a hero, and I have lost a dear friend. Elijah Cummings was the conscience of Congress. His North Star was helping people, especially those in the shadows. And his legacy runs deep – from the neighborhoods of Baltimore to the halls of the House.

“Congressman Cummings taught me so much over the years, and I feel deeply honored to have worked with him on so many issues that mattered to Maryland families. My heart is broken today, but I will continue fighting day and night to carry on his legacy of service. I’m keeping his family and Maryland in my prayers.”

Maryland Democratic Party on the

Passing of Chairman Elijah Cummings

It is with great sadness and a heavy collective heart that we announce the passing of Chairman Elijah Eugene Cummings. He was a father, a husband, a son of Baltimore, and a Statesman who served Maryland’s 7th Congressional District for more than 20 years, and served 16 years prior to that as a Delegate in the Maryland General Assembly.

Chairman Cummings will always be remembered for dedicating his life’s work to improving the lives of others, standing up for his community, and protecting our Democracy.

“Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility. He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation’s diversity was our promise, not our problem. It’s been an honor to walk by his side on this incredible journey. I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly.” Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings said.

Our hearts are broken over the loss of such a dynamic figure in American politics. And we ask the public and the press to allow Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings — and the rest of the Cummings family — time and space to grieve their loss.