Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Oct 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released a statement on the passing of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07):

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my longtime friend and colleague, Elijah Cummings. He rose from modest beginnings to be one of the greatest public servants 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, passion, and integrity were undeniable to anyone who crossed his path.

Elijah inspired us regularly as one of the greatest orators in the House of Representatives. He came to my District as a guest speaker a few times and all were in awe after he spoke. Elijah’s powerful voice made everyone take notice, listen intently, and 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 the House, where he spoke truth to power and passionately advocated for justice and equality for all.

Vivian and I send our prayers and deepest condolences to his wife Maya, children, and other family as we mourn a great man. The world is better because of the life and legacy of Elijah Cummings.”