Rep. Emanuel Cleaver remembers his friend, Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings

Cummings died Thursday at the age of 68

KMBZ News Staff
October 18, 2019 - 5:50 am

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WASHINGTON -- Congressman Elijah Cummings was a civil rights icon and was a fixture of house committee hearings for years.

His booming voice and intense style of questioning earned him one of Washington's most powerful jobs - chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

Congressman Elijah Cummings was a giant of the institution, and his friend and colleague, Kansas City's own Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II told KMBZ that even when Cummings was ill, he served his Baltimore constituents with pride and distinction in the House of Representatives. 

"He was, obviously, very sick, but also very committed to fulfilling his role," Cleaver said. "He did it up until the end. Even last week, he was still sending information up to Speaker Pelosi."

While Cummings will be remembered for his deft political skills and dedication to the community he served, Cleaver said what he will miss is his gentle, caring nature, and his ability to always turn the other cheek. 

"Another member of Congress did something very mean and hurtful [to Cummings>," Cleaver remembered. "But he said, 'look, that person has a problem, its not my problem,' and he wouldn't act that way towards that person, the way they acted towards him."

Cleaver said that in the House, Cummings' legacy will live on, and that his work leading the committee investigating President Trump for impeachable offenses will continue, and be carried out in his memory. 

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