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 CummingsBaltimore unveils plaques for courthouse to be named after Elijah Cummings GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts Pelosi taps Virginia Democrat for key post on economic panel 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 HarrisParnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial 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 RubioApple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Senators offer bill to create alternatives to Huawei in 5G tech Surging Sanders draws fresh scrutiny ahead of debate MORE (R-Fla.) said in a tweet.

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate begins preparations for Trump trial Big Pharma looks to stem losses after trade deal defeat Appeals court skeptical of Trump rule on TV drug ads 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-CortezAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Artist paints Michelle Obama, other women as battered in campaign against domestic violence 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 PressleyAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Ayanna Pressley opens up about having alopecia for first time, reveals bald head in interview Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Sanders 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 BookerSunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial DNC announces new criteria for New Hampshire debate The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders, Warren feud rattles Democrats 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 CheneyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders, Warren feud rattles Democrats The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial The Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate receives impeachment articles as trial opens 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 Jean KlobucharSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire 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 WarnerHillicon Valley: Apple, Barr clash over Pensacola shooter's phone | Senate bill would boost Huawei alternatives | DHS orders agencies to fix Microsoft vulnerability | Chrome to phase out tracking cookies Senators offer bill to create alternatives to Huawei in 5G tech Sen. Warner calls on State Department to take measures to protect against cyberattacks 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 JeffriesSunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week Seven things to know about the Trump trial 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 HurdHouse Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts Hurd says Democrats, media are being manipulated by Iran Bottom Line 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 KennedyAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Lawmakers press Trump officials to change federal marijuana rules Trump and Pelosi clash over Iran, impeachment 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 SchultzAppropriators fume over reports of Trump plan to reprogram .2 billion for wall American Cancer Society says Trump doesn't get credit for drop in cancer deaths Joe Kennedy mentions kids in impeachment address 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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump administration installs plaque marking finish of 100 miles of border wall Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate implications 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.