The Associated Press is reporting that Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings has died at age 68.
He was born a sharecropper’s son.
He rose to become the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated Pres. Donald Trump.
He died early Thursday of complications from longstanding health issues, his office said.
Cummings was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his black-majority district.