October 18, 2019

Elijah Cummings Was an LGBTQ+ Rights Hero

By DERRICK CLIFTON

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the chair of the House Oversight Committee and a prominent figure in the Trump impeachment inquiry, has passed away at the age of 68. The Maryland congressman died from complications related to longstanding health challenges, his spokesperson said in a statement to the New York Times.

Cummings served 12 full terms representing Maryland’s 7th Congressional District and first took office after winning a special election in 1996. He was widely cheered for his remarks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, where he declared that the party “does not just believe, but understands, that Black Lives Matter” and also recognizes that “our community and our law enforcement work best when they work together.”