”My mission is one that comes out of a vision that was created long, one ago. It is a mission and a vision to empower people—to make people realized that the power is within them and that they too can do the things they want to do.”
The ten newly elected U.S. Representative said he couldn’t wait to join everyone on his new journey and shared a poem  that he said defines who he is.
He’d recite it to himself 20 times a day sometimes.
”I only have a minute, 60 seconds in it, forced upon me I did not choose, but I know that I must use it, give account if I abuse it, suffer if I lose it. Only a tiny little minute but an eternity is in it.”
Rep. Elijah Eugene Cummings
January 18, 1951 – October 17, 2019
“My life is based on pain, passion, and purpose”
“…it is about the soul of our democracy.”
Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper’s son who rose to become the powerful chairman of a House committee, has died at age 68. Cummings was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor.
Elijah Cummings was the heart and soul of our caucus, a dignified leader with a voice that could move mountains. He was our moral and ethical North Star. Now we will be guided by his powerful memory and incomparable legacy. Rest In Peace, my friend. -Rep. Adam Schiff, CA
“Chairman Cummings stood tallest and most resolute when our country needed him the most.” -President Barack Obama
“There was no stronger advocate and no better friend than Elijah Cummings. I am heartbroken for his wonderful family and staff—please pray for them. I will miss him dearly.” Rep. Mark Meadows, NC