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Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings

Oct 17, 2019
Press Release

(Timonium, MD) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today issued the following statement on the passing of his friend and colleague, Congressman Elijah Cummings. 

“Today, we mourn the loss of an American patriot and one of the most principled, passionate men I have ever known. When I was Baltimore County Executive, Elijah Cummings was a state delegate in Annapolis, where he rose through the ranks until his election to Congress. When I first joined him in Washington, he mentored me and I was lucky to learn from the best. We bonded over our memories of Baltimore City College, of Colts games and conversations over where to find the best crabcake in town.

Congressman Cummings got a lot of attention on the national stage as Chairman of the Government Reform Committee and there’s no doubt he was fighting for our democracy every single day. But he never stopped fighting for Baltimore and the little man. When we would tour local businesses or universities or factories together, he would always stop and ask the employees how they felt. He wanted the janitor to know he was as valued as the executive. People were his priority.

Maryland’s delegation is small but mighty, and Congressman Cummings had our backs. He fought to ensure Maryland and his district got its fair share of the pie, securing critical resources for infrastructure, law enforcement and job training. We also served together on the Naval Academy Board and he understood the needs of our nation’s military.

Congressman Cummings was a powerful and gifted speaker – I won’t miss following him at the podium. He was inspiring and effective because he spoke about his own life experiences, which were so relatable. That’s why he fought so hard for decent jobs, good schools and safe streets.

Congressman Cummings can rest easy knowing that he did everything he could in his time to restore the principles of our democracy and equality. His passing is a tremendous loss to myself personally, the City of Baltimore, our state and our country. My heart goes out to his family, friends and staff during this time of grief.”