17 October 2019 21:55
Congressman Elijah Cummings' life in photos Justin T. Gellerson/The New York Times/Redux US Rep. Elijah Cummings is photographed in Washington in May 2019. US Rep. Elijah Cummings, a longtime Maryland Democrat and a key figure leading investigations into President Donald Trump, has died at the age of 68, his office announced early Thursday morning. He died of "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," his office said in a statement. Cummings was born in 1951 and raised in Baltimore — the city that is home to his district.
The son of former sharecroppers, Cummings graduated from Baltimore City College High School in 1969. He practiced law and served for 14 years in the Maryland House of Delegates, where, according to his congressional website, he became the first African-American in Maryland history to be named speaker pro tem. He was first elected to the US Congress in 1996. Cummings was re-elected last year in the 7th Congressional District with 76% of the vote.