DemDaily: In Memoriam
The nation lost one of its greatest public servants last week - Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings.
The 68 year-old Congressman and civil rights advocate was a highly respected and compelling figure in the US House of Representatives, with a booming voice that, in the last year, was often used to condemn the actions of President Trump.
"As a country, we finally must say that enough is enough -- that we are done with the hateful rhetoric, that we are done with the mass shootings, that we are done with the white supremacist domestic terrorists who are terrorizing our country and fighting against everything America stands for." -- Elijah CummingsCummings was one of seven children of sharecroppers whose parents went on to found their own church and instilled in him a sense of social conscience and determination.
His first civil rights protest was as an 11 year-old, when Cummings and some friends worked to integrate a segregated swimming pool in South Baltimore.
A graduate of Howard University and the University of Maryland School of Law, at age 31 Cummings was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served for 14 years and became the first African-American in the state's history to be named Speaker Pro Tem.
Elected to the US House in 1996, he represented Maryland's Seventh Congressional District, which takes in much of his native Baltimore, and was a passionate advocate for causes ranging from gun reform and immigration, to union rights and racial justice.
Cummings rose to become one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress and a central figure in the impeachment investigation of President Trump as the chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.
|"He was a quiet man who did not seek the limelight, but he was not afraid to step out into the arena and fight hard for the causes in which he believed strongly...justice, equality, opportunity, civil rights, education, children. He liked to say that children are the message we send to a future that we will never see." -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer|
Congressional lawmakers we have lost in 2019:US Senate
Birch Bayh (D-IN), 91, served 1963-1981
Thad Cochran (R-MS), 81, served 1978-2018
Richard Lugar (R-IN), 87, served 1977-2013
Fritz Hollings (D-SC), 97, served 1966-2005
Harris Wofford (D-PA), 92, served 1991-1995
Richard Stone (D-FL), 90, served 1975-1980
US House of Representatives
Frank Ballance (D-NC), 77, served 2003-2004
Bill Burlison (D-MO), 88, served 1969-1981
Jack Brinkley (D-GA), 88, served 1967-1983
William Broomfield (R-MI), 96, served 1957-1993
William Dannemeyer (R-CA), 89, served 1979-1993
John Dingell Jr. (D-MI), 92, served 1955-2015
Jack Edwards (R-AL), 91, served 1965-1985
Bobbi Fiedler (R-CA), 81, served 1981-1987
Donald Fraser (D-MN), 95, served 1963-1979
Paul Findley (R-IL), 98, served 1961-1983
Lou Frey (R-FL), 85, served 1969-1979
Bernard Grabowski (D-CN), 96, served 1963-1967
Ralph Hall (D-TX), 95, served 1981-2015
James Harvey (R-MI), 97, served 1961-1974
Walter Jones (R-NC), 76, served 1995-2019
Joseph Kolter (D-PA), 93, served 1983-1993
Manuel Luján Jr. (R-NM), 90, served 1969-1989
Jan Meyers (R-KS), 90, served 1985-1997
Dick Nichols (R-KS), 92, served 1991-1993
Ogden Reid (D-NY), 93, served 1963-1975
Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), 67, served 1997-2009
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Sources: US Senate, US House, Wikipedia