Elijah E. Cummings, a 12-term congressman, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and a key player in the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, died early Thursday of complications from longtime health issues. The Maryland Democrat was 68.
Here is a look at Cummings through the years.
In the summer of 1982, then-Baltimore attorney Cummings visited a Baltimore neighborhood with his mentor, then-Maryland Del. Lena K. Lee. Lee, who was retiring from Maryland’s House of Delegates, encouraged Cummings to run for her seat. Cummings won the seat and served in the Maryland House until 1996, when he was elected to represent Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House. (CQ Roll Call file photo) Cummings listens to testimony before a Select Committee on Intelligence hearing in 1996 involving allegations of CIA involvement in the crack cocaine epidemic. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call file photo) 2003: Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Cummings during a news conference after a cloture vote failed to end a Democrat-led filibuster of the nomination of Charles W. Pickering Sr. to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo) 2003: Cummings and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, at a rally in the Mansfield Room near the Senate floor amid judicial confirmation debate. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo) 2003: Reps. Shelia Jackson Lee, D-Texas, Cummings, and then-incoming chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and Delegate Donna Christensen, D-VI, share a laugh at a news conference on the CBC’s new leadership. (CQ Roll Call file photo) 2003: Cummings talks to reporters after a news conference on the $87 billion request by the administration on Iraq and Afghanistan. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo) 2008: From left, Reps. Tom Davis, R-Va., Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., Cummings, and Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, confer before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the role of the credit rating agencies in the financial crisis of Wall Street markets. (CQ Roll Call file photo) 2014: Then-Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks with then-ranking member Cummings before the start of the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi hearing on “Implementation of the Accountability Review Board Recommendations” in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo) 2014: Cummings talks with a constituent in Baltimore. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) 2016: Cummings speaks at the National Press Club event about the Congressional Black Caucus and the upcoming presidential election. (CQ Roll Call file photo) 2016: Cummings speaks during a rally with lawmakers and gun violence victims to call for action on gun safety measures on the steps of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore in June 2016. Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., and John Sarbanes, D-Md., also attended the event. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) 2019: Cummings and ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, conduct a House Oversight and Reform Committee markup in Rayburn Building on a resolution on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and the Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) 2019: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Cummings are seen during an Oversight Committee markup on a resolution on the Barr and Ross contempt resolution. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) 2019: Cummings is seen during the Oversight Committee hearing members’ trip to the U.S.-Mexico border in July. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)