Washington, D.C.Oct. 17, 2019 – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the tragic passing of Chairman Elijah Cummings of Maryland:

“The people of Baltimore, the U.S. Congress and America have lost a voice of unsurpassed moral clarity and truth: our beloved Chairman Elijah Cummings.  I am personally devastated by his passing.

“In the House, Elijah was our North Star.  He was a leader of towering character and integrity, whose stirring voice and steadfast values pushed the Congress and country to rise always to a higher purpose.  His principled leadership as Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform was the perfect testament to his commitment to restoring honesty and honor to government, and leaves a powerful legacy for years to come.

“As a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he was always fighting for his district and for the state of Maryland.  He was a powerful voice for building the infrastructure of America and creating good-paying jobs.  As a Member of the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors, he took great pride in Maryland’s role in our national security.

“Chairman Cummings’ story was the story of America: a sharecroppers’ son who dedicated his life to advancing justice, respecting human dignity and ending discrimination.  He believed in the promise of America because he had lived it, and he dedicated his life to advancing the values that safeguard our republic: justice, equality, liberty, fairness.

“Earlier this year, Chairman Cummings asked us, ‘When we’re dancing with the angels, the question will be asked: in 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact?’  May Chairman Cummings’ strength guide us as we carry on his work to honor the oath and protect our democracy.

“In the Congress, we will miss his wisdom, his warm friendship and his great humanity.  In Baltimore, we will miss our champion.  May it be a comfort to his wife Maya, his three children and Chairman Cummings’ entire family that so many mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.”