Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, sent a statement mourning the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings.  Cummings passed away on Thursday morning due to a longstanding illness.  He was 68.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my colleague and brother, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. We are never truly prepared for the death of a loved one. Congressman Cummings was a man that was not afraid to speak truth to power. Our nation is better because of his years of service and commitment. May God comfort his wife, children, staff, family, and friends during this difficult time. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Mathew 5:4)