Elijah Cummings

Carter Genslak, News Editor & Photo Editor

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   Elijah Cummings passed away at the age of 68 years old. He passed from complications concerning long standing health challenges. Cummings was a longtime Maryland Democrat and key figure of leading investigations into President Donald Trump. He was also the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee; he served from 1996 to 2019. He is one of the few African Americans to be so honored. This Thursday, Cummings will lie in state at the Statuary Hall of the Capitol. Before Lying in state, he will first lie in Repose. Lying in repose simply means a public viewing. Lying in state is reserved for government officials and refers to the time their coffins or bodies are at the Capitol or a government building. At the Morgan State ceremony, a number of dignitaries will speak including former U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski and Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. After his death, many congressmen and women took to twitter and the internet. Nancy Pelosi stated, “He was a leader of towering character and integrity, whose stirring voice and steadfast values pushed the Congress and country to rise to a higher purpose.” She also wrote “In the House, Elijah was our North Star”.