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RIP Elijah Cummings

Representative Elijah Cummings passed away yesterday at the age of 68.

Cummings had been absent from Capitol Hill for about a month as he recovered from an unspecified medical procedure. But he had been beset with a variety of physical ailments for the past few years, and often used a walker or a wheelchair to get around Capitol Hill and his Baltimore-based district. His last roll call vote was on Sept. 11.
No cause of death was announced.

Cummings was the Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. He was first elected in 1996, taking the seat vacated by Rep. Kweisi Mfume when Mfume left to become the President of the NAACP.

I've read a lot of accolades for Cummings today -- I like this one:

“Elijah always fought for the little guy, working across the aisle on health care issues, prescription drugs and the importance of education as a way to open doors for every child, regardless of income.

RIP Elijah Cummings. It was always a pleasure listening to you speak.

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    Very sad (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Oct 17, 2019 at 06:56:40 AM EST
    I was surprised he was only 68.  

    He will be missed. (none / 0) (#2)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Thu Oct 17, 2019 at 07:33:37 AM EST
    Too young.

    More than five years younger (none / 0) (#3)
    by Peter G on Thu Oct 17, 2019 at 08:31:43 AM EST
    than the putative President, or than many of the presidential candidates.

    Parent
    The age I will be (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Oct 17, 2019 at 08:40:10 AM EST
    In a couple of weeks.

    Parent
    Nancy just did a tribute before everything else (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Oct 17, 2019 at 09:58:51 AM EST
    She looks and sounds like a president.  While he tweets thoughts and prayers.

    I can NOT be the only one thinking that.

    Baltimore mourns. (none / 0) (#6)
    by Chuck0 on Thu Oct 17, 2019 at 10:42:13 AM EST
    Even the rats.