Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for
Truly, this is the day that the Lord has made. In spite of the fact
that our hearts are heavy, we must rejoice and be glad in it because we
have the opportunity to celebrate the life of our longtime friend and
our colleague, Congressman Elijah Cummings.
As you have heard, Elijah rose from modest beginnings to become one
of the greatest public servants that our country has seen. Elijah
always did what he believed was right, which earned him respect and
friendship on both sides of the aisle. His courage, his passion, and
his integrity were undeniable to anyone who crossed his path.
Elijah inspired us regularly as one of the greatest orators in this
House. He came to my district in Georgia as a guest speaker, and when
he finished, everyone was in awe. Elijah's powerful voice made everyone
take notice, listen intently, and then act.
America has lost a fierce warrior who was committed to doing the
right thing, regardless of politics. We will truly feel his absence in
this House, where he spoke truth to power and passionately advocated
for justice and equality for all.
My wife, Vivian, and I send our prayers and our deepest condolences
to his wife, Maya, his children, and his family as we mourn this great
Winston Churchill once said: ``We make a living by what we get, but
we make a life by what we give.''
Elijah Cummings gave so much to so many for so long. He made his
life, but even greater, he made a life for his constituents and for
countless others all across this Nation.
Truly, this world is a better place because of the life and legacy of
Elijah Cummings.
To God, be the glory for our friend, our colleague, and the legacy of
Elijah E. Cummings. 
116th Congress