WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings.

“Today we have lost a giant.  Elijah Cummings was a public servant to his core.  He served his constituents in Maryland with dignity and grace, while defending our democracy with a sense of duty and steady strength.

“Elijah’s calm but firm hand will be missed on the Oversight Committee as it proceeds with the difficult work ahead.  His dedication to fairness and his ability to navigate the choppy waters of partisanship were the hallmarks of his leadership.  There will not be another leader like him.

“Many people do not know, but Elijah’s roots were in Clarendon County, South Carolina, in my district.  This connection bonded us, and we were dear friends as well as colleagues. We were of like minds that our work in the Congress was not to benefit us, but to bring hope and opportunity to future generations.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Cummings family today and always.”