It's with a heavy heart that I join the nation in mourning U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, and offer my deepest condolences to his wife, Maya, and his loved ones. He was a steadfast defender of democracy, a fierce advocate for the people he served, and a man of unmatched integrity. We've lost a voice of conscience on Capitol Hill at a time when the nation needs to hear from those who defend our shared values and speak up for what's right, no matter the cost. As a civil rights leader, he walked the walked, never wavering in his commitment to justice and equality for all. May we follow in his footsteps now.