Congressional Democrats and Republicans are taking to social media to share their condolences following the death of Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFormer GOP congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik suing Candace Owens for defamation Former Cummings staffer unveils congressional bid McCarthy, GOP face a delicate dance on Jan. 6 committee MORE (D-Md.).
The veteran lawmaker and civil rights advocate's office said he died from "complications concerning longstanding health challenges" on Thursday morning. He was 68.
“We lost a giant today. Congressman Elijah Cummings was a fearless leader, a protector of democracy, and a fighter for the people of Maryland. Our world is dimmer without him in it,” Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisPolitics must accept the reality of multiracial America and disavow racial backlash Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Bidens to attend Kennedy Center Honors following Trumps' absence MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted.
“My condolences to the family of Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland who went to be with the Lord early this morning at 68 years of age. May God grant his family strength & peace in these difficult moments & his soul eternal rest,” Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense & National Security — Quick vote on defense bill blocked again Maternal and child health legislation must be prioritized now The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE (R-Fla.) said in a tweet.
Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGOP blocks bill to expand gun background checks after Michigan school shooting GOP ramps up attacks on SALT deduction provision Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks MORE (R-Iowa) tweeted that he had “lost a colleague who played a very prominent role in the constitutional responsibility of congressional oversight to make sure checks & balances of our govt work.”
“He will be missed + I send condolences to his family,” he added.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWar of words escalates in House McCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP Noncitizen voting doesn't pass this test MORE (D-N.Y.) in a tweet called Cummings a “giant” and a “universally respected leader who brought profound insight, commitment, and moral fortitude to Congress.”
“His guidance and vision was an enormous gift. I will forever cherish his example. May he rest in power,” she added.
“Our Chairman leaves behind a beautiful and powerful legacy,” Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyMcCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP House progressives urge Garland to intervene in ex-environmental lawyer Steven Donziger's case GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted. “I am already feeling the impact of a little less grace in the world. Deep gratitude to have spent these early months in Congress guided by his wisdom. Rest in power.”
“Today our country lost a true leader,” Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerMaternal and child health legislation must be prioritized now Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (D-N.J.) tweeted. “Congressman Elijah Cummings was a friend, a passionate fighter for justice, and a powerful voice of moral conscience in our government who served his country for decades with dignity and integrity. I’m blessed to have known him.”
Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyProsecutors say North Carolina woman deserves prison for bringing 14-year-old to Capitol riot Rules committee mulls contempt vote for Trump DOJ official McCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP MORE (R-Wyo.) wrote on Twitter that the “news that our friend and colleague Elijah Cummings has passed away marks a sad day for the U.S. Congress, the people of Baltimore, and the entire nation.”
“He was a friend to all and sought to bridge divides, not widen them. Our prayers are with his loved ones,” she continued.
Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden should seek some ideological diversity House passes bipartisan bills to strengthen network security, cyber literacy Klobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas MORE (D-Minn.), meanwhile, described Cummings as “a lion” in a tweet early Thursday.
“But he was also so kind, including to brand new senators like me a decade ago. His advice was as true as his love for his country,” she continued.
And Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerLiberty University professor charged with alleged sexual battery and abduction of student Five Senate Democrats reportedly opposed to Biden banking nominee The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay MORE (D-Va.) tweeted that he was “tremendously saddened” by Cummings’s death and called his passing a “loss for Baltimore, Congress, and the country.”
“He spoke truth to power, defended the disenfranchised and represented West Baltimore with strength and dignity,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesMcCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP Pelosi: Democrats can't allow 'indecent' Boebert comments to stand With Build Back Better, Dems aim to correct messaging missteps MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted. “Congress has lost a Champion. Heaven has gained an Angel of Justice. May he forever #RestinPower.”
Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHillicon Valley — Presented by Ericsson — Tackling the misinformation 'crisis' Bipartisan commission urges US take immediate steps to curb online misinformation First Democrat jumps into key Texas House race to challenge Gonzales MORE (R-Texas) called Cummings a “shining example of how to be a fighter for his constituents” in a tweet and said it was an “honor to know him and I will cherish that I had the honor of calling him my friend.”
“He will be missed,” he added.
“Elijah Cummings refused to be told what he could become or where his dreams might end,” Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedySupreme Court confounding its partisan critics Warren says she'll run for reelection to Senate Five centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote MORE III (D-Mass.) tweeted. “He refused to accept injustice in his community or inequality in his country. His towering presence will be missed but his legacy will live on with us all.”
“My heart is broken, as I weep personally and for his family and community. Elijah Cummings’ unmatched integrity and leadership leaves a remarkable legacy,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzLobbying world On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles Florida Democrat says vaccines, masks are key to small-business recovery MORE (D-Fla.) said in a pair of tweets on Thursday morning. “But I know Chairman Cummings' struggle for justice and freedom lives on, as so many – like me – stand on his shoulders to carry on his courageous fight. May his memory be for a blessing.”
Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerProgressive groups urge Schumer to prevent further cuts to T plan Collins says she supports legislation putting Roe v. Wade protections into law Biden should seek some ideological diversity MORE (D-N.Y.) also shared a video of comments he made about Cummings on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
“Well, I read the paper this morning. First thing I saw was Elijah’s passing and it was a like a gut-punch. He was an amazing man. He was not just a great congressman but he was a great man."
— This report was updated at 8:35 a.m.