Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings

Congressional Democrats and Republicans are taking to social media to share their condolences following the death of Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFacial recognition tools under fresh scrutiny amid police protests The sad spectacle of Trump's enablers Democrat Kweisi Mfume wins House primary in Maryland 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.

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“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 Devi HarrisSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham Senators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents 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 RubioRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide Congress eyes tighter restrictions on next round of small business help Trump administration eyes new strategy on COVID-19 tests MORE (R-Fla.) said in a tweet.

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP IRS, taxpayers face obstacles ahead of July 15 filing deadline Congress gears up for battle over expiring unemployment benefits 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-CortezDemocratic strategist Andrew Feldman says Biden is moving left Hispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president Nadler wins Democratic primary 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 PressleyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressives zero in on another House chairman in primary Ocasio-Cortez pitches interns to work for her instead of McConnell 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 Anthony BookerSenators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Joe Biden must release the results of his cognitive tests — voters need to know GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday 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 CheneyRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops 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 KlobucharDemocrats: A moment in history, use it wisely The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Rodney Davis says most important thing White House can do on COVID-19 is give consistent messaging; US new cases surpass 50k for first time The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus 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 WarnerSenators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats Overnight Defense: Democrats blast Trump handling of Russian bounty intel | Pentagon leaders set for House hearing July 9 | Trump moves forward with plan for Germany drawdown 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 JeffriesReparations bill gains steam following death of George Floyd Karen Bass's star rises after leading police reform push The Hill's 12:30 Report: Supreme Court ruling marks big win for abortion rights groups 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 HurdKaren Bass's star rises after leading police reform push The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - States are pausing reopening Democrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill 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 KennedyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Jacksonville mandates face coverings as GOP convention approaches Steyer endorses Markey in Massachusetts Senate primary Celebrities fundraise for Markey ahead of Massachusetts Senate primary 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 SchultzThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Rodney Davis says most important thing White House can do on COVID-19 is give consistent messaging; US new cases surpass 50k for first time VA initiates process to remove headstones with Nazi symbols Overnight Defense: Trump extends deployment of National Guard troops to aid with coronavirus response | Pentagon considers reducing quarantine to 10 days | Lawmakers push for removal of Nazi headstones from VA cemeteries 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 SchumerRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide Public awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names 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.