Long time Congressman Elijah Cummings has died at the age of 68. Cummings died at October 17 at 2:45 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital after “complications concerning longstanding health challenges,” his office said. Funeral arrangements are set for Friday October 25 in Baltimore, MD, where Cummings served in the Maryland house for over 20 years.

A son of sharecroppers, Cummings began his civic engagement at an early age. At just 11 years old, Cummings worked to integrate a segregated pool in Baltimore City with his friends. He would go on to attend Howard University, where he would be involved in student body government. He graduated from the University of Maryland Law School. He practiced law for 19 years before being elected to the House in 1996.

Cummings served on several boards and commissions. He served as Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and was the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tempore. Before his death, he was an outspoken critic of President Trump and lead several hearings on his possible impeachment.

Cummings will be remembered as a champion of people. His legacy will live on.