Norton Statement on Passing of Elijah Cummings

Oct 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released the following statement on the passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD):

“This is a shockingly sad day for the House of Representatives and for the nation.  My heart goes out to Maya and the family. 

“Those of us who called Elijah a close friend will remember him for the irony of his commanding presence in a man with such a gentle spirit.  His tenacity in serving his district and the nation was always on display as he led the Oversight and Reform Committee with rare bipartisan support in today’s polarized Congress.  But Elijah’s service was never the full story.  He held deep respect for, and maintained friendships with, Republican and Democratic Members alike.

“I am especially thankful to Elijah for his unceasing and principled efforts towards statehood for the residents of the District of Columbia, which he was carrying forward as chair of the committee of jurisdiction.  The District, his neighbor down the road from Baltimore, also held a special place in his heart after attending Howard University.  As the nation remembers Elijah Cummings, may we all seek to follow Elijah’s lead and example during these polarizing times.”