Obit Cummings

In this April 2, 2109 file photo, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, D-Md., leads a meeting to call for subpoenas after a career official in the White House security office says dozens of people in President Donald Trump's administration were granted security clearances despite "disqualifying issues" in their backgrounds, on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. Rep. Cummings has died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Gov. Jared Polis ordered flags on all public buildings statewide to be lowered on Friday to honor U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland, died on Thursday. He was 68.

“Elijah was always a towering figure, physically as well as spiritually. He was a constant force within the institution of Congress for civil rights, both celebrating how far we’ve come while reflecting on how far we have to go,” Polis said in a statement.

Cummings entered Congress in 1996, and he and Polis served together when the latter was elected to the House from Boulder in 2008.

The proclamation follows a similar order from President Donald Trump. “My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings,” Trump tweeted. “I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!”

Cummings was chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, one of three committees conducting an impeachment inquiry of Trump. According to CNN, his last official act was to sign two subpoenas for documents tied to an administration change in immigration policy that would prevent sick immigrants from staying in the United States. 

Cummings will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 24.

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