Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing?”, Donald Trump on Elijah Cummings’ Death: ‘His Work Will Be Impossible to Replace’. He began law practice with the small Baltimore law firm of Michael A. Christianson and eventually established his own firm, Cummings and Dashiell. At the time of his death in October 2019, he was serving as the chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and was leading the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. His commitment to his city and country was unwavering, as will be my lasting respect for him.”. #Cohen #Cummngs #CNN #News. protection self-incrimination, after he vaguely answered several questions. He earned his law degree in 1976. Elijah Eugene Cummings was born on January 18, 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland. His parents were South Carolina sharecroppers who moved to Baltimore and became Pentecostal ministers. #Cohen #Cummngs #CNN #News2019-02-27T22:53:59.000Z. Elijah Eugene Cummings was born on January 18, 1951, Baltimore, Maryland, United States, as the third of seven children of Ruth Elma and Robert Cummings, both of whom previously worked as sharecroppers in South Carolina. I am deeply saddened by his passing, and my prayers today are with his family and loved ones — and the people of Baltimore,” Maryland Senator Ben Cardin said in a statement. Elijah Cummings, the longtime Democratic representative from Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, died at the age of 68 on October 17, 2019, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Joyce Matthews was the first wife of Elijah Cummings, an American politician who previously served in the Maryland House of Delegates. Join Facebook to connect with Joyce Cummings and others you may know. Despite police barricade, a mob of angry white people attacked them with bottles and rocks, inflicting an injury in his eyebrow that left a lifelong scar. He earned 37.5% of the votes to win the twenty-seven-way Democratic primary in the black-majority district and defeated Republican candidate Kenneth Kondner in the election, gaining 80.9% of the votes. “Chairman Cummings will always be remembered for dedicating his life’s work to improving the lives of others, standing up for his community, and protecting our Democracy.”, Cummings wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, who is the chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, said in a statement, “Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility. Elijah was married twice in his life. In February 1996, he contested in the special election held in Maryland's 7th congressional district after five-term Congressman Kweisi Mfume resigned to become president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Completing school education from the Baltimore City College high school in 1969, he attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was a sophomore class president, student government treasurer and later student government president. He went to study law at the University of Maryland School of Law and after receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1976, joined the bar in Maryland later that year. Elijah Cummings was all of those in one. He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation’s diversity was our promise, not our problem. Moreover, the couple also shared a daughter Jennifer J. Cummings. Elijah Cummings’ first marriage was to Joyce Matthews, with whom he had a daughter named Jennifer J. Cummings, but according to a 1999 report by the 'Baltimore Sun', they lived separately since 1982 without getting a divorce. And I don’t give a damn how you look at it: There are efforts to stop people from voting. He became so determined following the event that he not only earned success as a lawyer, but also became a celebrated orator in the statehouse. He rose to the ranks of the Maryland House of Delegates before winning his seat in Congress in a special election in 1996 to replace former representative Kweisi Mfume, who left the seat to lead the NAACP. Elijah Cummings’ Children: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know, Elijah Cummings Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know, Copyright © 2020 Heavy, Inc. All rights reserved. Sometimes you get them all in one. Talk about inalienable rights. During Cummings’s time in Congress, he revealed that he had been living apart from his wife since 1982 although they were not divorced. Elijah Cummings was brought into the world with the complete name Elijah Eugene Cummings on the eighteenth of January 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland, US, to guardians Ruth Elma Cochran Cummings and Robert Cummings. He was elected as the chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland in 1984-85 after serving just one term in Annapolis. He was eventually named Speaker Pro Tempore, the second highest position in the House of Delegates, becoming the first African-American in Maryland history to hold that post. “It is with great sadness and a heavy collective heart that we announce the passing of Chairman Elijah Eugene Cummings. Elijah died on October 17, 2019, at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges. He was a member of the Democratic Party and president of the Supervision and Reform Committee. There are good men, great men, strong leaders, true patriots, and able politicians. Elijah Cummings was only 11 when, with two dozen children, he marched to the Riverside Park Pool in South Baltimore, in an effort to integrate the segregated public pool. In December 2010,after Edolphus Towns stepped down as the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee despite his seniority, Cummings defeated Carolyn Maloney in the House Democratic Caucus with support from Nancy Pelosi. Voting is crucial. He spent his life believing in education and emphasized that we had to be in school every day.”. Cummings’ health had failed him in recent years. Cummings, who was a member of the New Psalmist Baptist Church, told The Sun that his parents made religion an important part of his life. A primary will be held within 65 days of the proclamation and a general election within 65 days of the primary. In 2002, he voted against a US military invasion of Iraq citing insufficient evidence of the country having weapons of mass destruction, which was later revealed to be true. Elijah Cummings Bio, Age. He died from "complications concerning longstanding health challenges" at Johns Hopkins Hospital on October 17, 2019, and was laid in state prior to his funeral at the New Psalmist Baptist Church, Baltimore, on October 25. While he had been absent from key political proceedings since early September 2019 and needed to use support to get around, it was not revealed publicly that he was in hospice care. Rep. Elijah Cummings. That’s not right. His father was an employee at Davidson Chemical plant and his mother, a housewife, established the Victory Prayer chapel in Baltimore, which became the center of civil rights struggle in the area. And we ask the public and the press to allow Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings — and the rest of the Cummings family — time and space to grieve their loss.”. Cummings, born the son of sharecroppers, was the chairman of the House Oversight Committee and was a civil rights attorney before entering politics. At the 2008 congressional panel hearings on steroids, he was praised for demanding to know if witness Mark McGwire, a professional baseball player, was "taking the Fifth", i.e. He died of complications from a long battle with health problems, his wife said. She is a political consultant originally from Texas who worked in Congress for many years and became the leader of the Maryland Democratic Party in December 2018. This morning’s statement says Cummings died from ‘complications concerning longstanding health challenges.’”, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, key figure in Trump impeachment inquiry and longtime Baltimore advocate, dies at 68 – Baltimore Sun https://t.co/owZbeVMn2w, see more https://t.co/zl7xd8Wx9c, — VC & Startup Watcher (@VC_watcher) October 17, 2019. He clashed heavily with the President for the latter's racist rhetoric. After his death, Cummings told The Baltimore Sun, “My father was a great inspiration to me. “Chairman Elijah E. Cummings and I shared a city, an alma mater, a love of the law and a life of public service. Elijah Cummings was an American politician, civil rights advocate and longtime Democratic representative who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Maryland's 7th congressional district for 23 years until his death. “The death of Chairman Cummings leaves an irreplaceable void in our hearts, in our Maryland and in our Congress. He taught us nothing was impossible, despite his limited education. He was first married to his then-wife Joyce Cummings in a private ceremony. While still working as an attorney, Elijah Cummings served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1983 to 1996 following a successful campaign by his predecessor Lena King Lee to launch his political career. Elijah Cummings' closing remarks at Cohen hearingRep. He attended Howard University, where he served as president of the student government and graduated with honors Phi Beta Kappa. Cummings married his second wife, Maya Rockeymoore, in 2008. From 1995 to 1996, Cummings was the Speaker Pro Tem of the Maryland House, becoming the first African-American in the state’s history to hold that position. He is survived by two daughters, Jennifer and Aria, and a son, who he did not often speak about publicly and whose name is not known. Cummings’ seat, which includes about half of Baltimore City, as well as parts of Baltimore and Howard counties, in the House of Representatives will be filled through a special election set by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. Cummings gave a powerful speech at the end of Michael Cohen’s February 2019 testimony about Trump before the Oversight Committee. He died on October 17, 2019, from complications of long-standing health challenges. View the profiles of people named Joyce Cummings. Chairman Cummings guaranteed a voice to so many who would otherwise not have one, and stood as a symbol for the heights one could reach if they paid no mind to obstacles, naysayers and hate.