On October 17th, 2019, the longstanding Baltimore Representative unfortunately passed away, leaving behind a legacy that has changed the course of American politics. At age 68, his tenure in Congress and his willingness to compromise definitely makes him a hero worthy of this week’s spotlight.

Starting his political career in the Maryland House of Delegates, he later entered the Maryland General Assembly and soon became congressman for the Maryland 7th congressional district in 1996. Starting out as a freshman in Congress, he quickly rose through the party ranks, serving as chair in the Congressional Black Caucus and the even on the select committee on Benghazi.

Advocating for racial justice while maintaining composure throughout the Baltimore riots, his leadership throughout all the chaos elevated his reputation among politicians in Washington. Politicians from across the aisle truly respected his conviction despite disagreements over policy. Even Rep. Mark Meadows tweeted out that “there was no stronger advocate and no better friend than Elijah Cummings.”

Sadly, with surmounting health complications, Cummings peacefully passed away this Thursday morning. Nevertheless, his dedication and passion for solving inequality make him a hero in the history books. Rest in peace congressman: we appreciate everything that you did for this nation.