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Congressman Elijah Cummings Dies at 68

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Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, who represented about half of Baltimore and surrounding areas in Maryland in the United States House of Representative and who has frequently sparred with President Donald Trump, has died at the age of 68, according to multiple media reports.

He had missed a committee hearing on September 19, citing a medical procedure that he said at the time would keep him away for about a week. He did not return, however, and missed two roll call votes on Tuesday. He died at about 2:45 am Thursday morning, his office said.

Cummings was a key figure in the impeachment inquiry against Trump, as he chaired the Oversight and Reform Committee. In that capacity, he had led several investigations into Trump, who lashed out at Cummings, calling Cummings’ district a “rodent-infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”

Cummings was first elected to Congress in 1996. He had previously served in the Maryland House of Delegates.