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‘A giant of integrity and knowledge has fallen’: Washington reacts to the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings

May his memory be for a blessing.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said in a statement, 'We are deeply saddened by the passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings, who was a fierce advocate for civil rights and for Maryland for more than three decades.

Maryland has lost a beloved son and our nation a hero of our times.'

Maryland Democratic Party Chair Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Cummings's wife, issued a statement from her office, saying: 'Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility.

I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly.'

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, whom Cummings defended during 2015 congressional hearings into her handling of a deadly attack on U.S. government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, three years earlier, remembered Cummings as a 'giant.'

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. 'Jack' Young (D) said Cummings's death means the loss of a 'powerful voice and one of the strongest and most gifted crusaders for social justice.'

'May his memory be for a blessing, and his kindness and fierce pursuit of justice inspire a rising generation of public servants.'

Joe Scarborough, the former GOP congressman from Florida whose wedding to MSNBC co-host Mika Brzezinski was officiated by Cummings, called the Democratic lawmaker 'a good man, a great leader, and a dear friend.

May he Rest In Peace.'

Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), the top Republican on the Committee on Oversight and Reform, said in a statement: 'We are deeply saddened by the passing of Elijah Cummings, a man of great consequence and significance on the Oversight Committee for the last twenty years.

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