Washington, D.C. – U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the passing of Elijah Cummings:
“The death of Elijah Cummings is a devastating loss for our democracy, the Congress, and the people of Maryland. Elijah was a statesman – a man who epitomized what it means to serve honorably and with purpose. Though he rose to great heights and took the challenge of defending our country on with grace and tenacity, Elijah always thought first of his constituents in Baltimore and how his voice could help those families.
“He was a mentor, friend, and example for us all. My thoughts are with Elijah’s family, friends, and constituents as they mourn the loss of a great American.”