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Widow of Elijah Cummings Says He Worked Until His Last Breath

Following the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), his wife revealed that he was working until he died overnight.

His wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, is the head of the Maryland Democratic Party.

“Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility,” Cummings said in a statement released on Thursday. “He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nations diversity was our promise, not our problem. Its been an honor to walk by his side on this incredible journey. I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly.”

His office confirmed to news outlets that he ultimately succumbed to a number of health problems. He had entered Johns Hopkins Hospital for a heart procedure in September and never came back to Congress.

Statement regarding the passing of @RepCummings : “He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity… I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly.” — @MayaRockeymoore pic.twitter.com/OLXVdHydoO

— MD Democratic Party (@mddems) October 17, 2019

The statement added that Cummings, the chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, will be “remembered for dedicating his lifes work to improving the lives of others.”

Cummingss long career spanned decades in Maryland politics. He rose through the ranks of the Maryland House of Delegates before winning his congressional seat in a special election in 1996 to replace former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who left the seat to lead the NAACP.

He was also an early supporter of Barack Obamas presidential bid in 2008. By 2016, Cummings was the senior Democrat on the House Benghazi Committee, which he said was “nothing more than a taxpayer-funded effort to bring harm to Hillary Clintons campaign.”

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From left to right, House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) House Foreign Affairs Chairman Representative Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), and House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). (Alex Wong/Getty Images; Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images; Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

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