According to this, Maryland Rep Elijah Cummings passed away in the wee hours of the morning this morning at age 68 due to “longstanding health challenges.”
You may remember Cummings from being chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and a prominent figurehead in the neverending attempts to impeach our sitting president. You may also remember him from such things as the rather ugly war of words he had with President Trump about the state of his district, which Trump called a rodent-infested mess. Cummings has been in Congress since 1996.
He’s an example of a true American success story in many ways:
In grade school, a counselor told Cummings he was too slow to learn and spoke poorly, and he would never fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer.
“I was devastated,” Cummings told The Associated Press in 1996, shortly before he won his seat in Congress. “My whole life changed. I became very determined.”
It steeled Cummings to prove that counselor wrong. He became not only a lawyer, but one of the most powerful orators in the statehouse, where he entered office in 1983. He rose to become the first black House speaker pro tem.
Condolences to his family and to anyone who loved him.