Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, Dead at 68

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Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, Dead at 68

Democratic congressman Rep. Elijah Cummings, from Maryland, died early Thursday morning. 

Cummings age 68 died at 2:45 a.m in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins Hospital from complications connected to longstanding health challenges, the lawmaker’s office said in a statement.

Rep. Elijah Cummings has not participated in a roll call vote since Sept. 11. His office noted that Rep. Cummings had undergone a medical procedure but made no comment as to the seriousness of his condition.

“I was very disappointed to miss today’s important hearing,” Cummings said in a statement to The Baltimore Sun as the Oversight and Reform Committee hearing continued on a bill that would make the District of Columbia, the nation’s 51st state.

“Unfortunately, I’ve had to have a medical procedure, and my doctors expect me to be back in the office in a week or so. However, nobody should mistake my absence as a lack of commitment to D.C. statehood or passage of H.R. 51,” the statement said.

According to Maryland State law Gov. Larry Hogan must issue a proclamation for a special primary election and a general election to fill the vacancy. Hogan’s spokesman, Mike Ricci, said Thursday morning that it isn’t clear yet when the special election will happen.

A diversity of Reactions from heartfelt, to hopefull for the future of Baltimore began to flood twitter as the news spread: