Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on the Passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings

Oct 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON  Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the passing of his colleague, U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.):

“The passing of Elijah Cummings leaves us who are left behind inspired by both his strength and his gentleness. His voice was a strong voice against evil-doers, but an even mightier voice for the disenfranchised and downtrodden. His voice was a powerful, yet sweet, inspiration to all of us — calling upon each of us to rise to our better selves.

“Most of our conversations were not about power and politics, but instead focused on heaven’s calls and dictates. Everything Elijah did was for others and serving alongside him has been one of the greatest honors of my life.”

“This Congress has suffered a great loss with his passing, one which will be felt not only in Baltimore and Washington, but one that will undoubtedly reverberate throughout the nation. My deepest prayers and condolences are with Cummings family during this difficult time.”