Hill editor-in-chief: 'Hard to imagine' House leadership without Cummings

The Hill’s Editor-in-Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackBoth sides of the aisle call for local, state, federal cooperation on homelessness The Hill's Editor-In-Chief: New concerns that Biden is Hillary 2.0 The Hill's Morning Report — Impeachment tug-of-war expected to end soon MORE mourned the death of Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsGOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts Pelosi taps Virginia Democrat for key post on economic panel Democratic challenger on Van Drew's party switch: 'He betrayed our community' MORE (D-Md.), who passed away Thursday morning at the age of 68.

“This is a giant loss,” Cusack told Hill.TV on Friday. “It’s hard to imagine the House Democratic Caucus without Cummings.”

Cusack reflected about his own interactions with Cummings, who was chairman of the powerful Oversight and Reform Committee.

“He wasn’t a backslapper,” he said. “If you interviewed him, he would get right to the point and sometimes would be a little gruff with you but he would always answer the questions.”

A number of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourned the loss of Cummings.

Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira Cohen2019 in Photos: 35 pictures in politics Gabbard under fire for 'present' vote on impeachment Gabbard votes 'present' on impeaching Trump MORE (D-Tenn.) held a moment of silence at a House hearing in honor of the late congressman.

“Elijah Cummings was a defender of the Constitution, a man of great knowledge, wisdom and grace,” said Cohen. “He exhibited that in all of his work in Congress, particularly as Chairman of the Oversight Committee.”

Trump and a number of Republicans also paid their respects to Cummings.

The president tweeted that Cummings, who was a fierce critic of the president, would be “hard, if not impossible, to replace.”

Former Republican Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyGreen says House shouldn't hold impeachment articles indefinitely Trump golfs with Graham ahead of impeachment trial Trey Gowdy returns to Fox News as contributor MORE (S.C.), meanwhile, penned an op-ed in The Washington Post about Cummings reflecting on their friendship while serving together in Congress.

“He was a fighter. He was a more than formidable political opponent,” he wrote. “He was my friend, and it is that part of life working with Elijah that I will remember and cherish the best and the longest.”

—Tess Bonn