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DeLauro Statement on the Passing of Chairman Elijah Cummings

October 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (October 17, 2019) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement upon the passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD-07), Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

“I am heartbroken by the passing of my colleague and dear friend Congressman Elijah Cummings. For more than three decades, he served the people of Maryland and our country with honor and dignity. Elijah knew the power of this institution and leveraged it every single day. Above all else, he knew why he came to the Congress: he had a moral responsibility to get things done and help people. His hallmark was speaking truth to power—and he always stood up for the most vulnerable in our communities. He was a true statesman, and he will be sorely missed. To paraphrase Elijah from earlier this year: when he is dancing with the angels, he will know that he never stood on the sidelines. He made a difference.”

“My heart goes out to his family at this difficult time.”