Here is how he is being remembered.
"Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility", she said.
Cummings has been one of the most prominent and central House Democrats leading oversight and investigative efforts into the President and his administration following the Democratic takeover of the House majority after the 2018 midterm elections. "I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly", she said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died Thursday after longtime health complications, threaded a needle that few recent chairmen and chairwomen of high-profile investigative committees have been able to manage: He remained widely popular among his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
"Elijah Cummings was a good friend and a powerful advocate for what he believed", Blunt said.
Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said Cummings' death "leaves an irreplaceable void in our hearts, in our Maryland and in our Congress".
"In the House, Elijah was our North Star". However, he did not return to his office as planned, according to the Baltimore Sun.
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Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, began a Thursday hearing on H.R. 3, the Democratic drug pricing bill, by suggesting he would consider renaming the bill for Cummings.
'After coming from the state where, basically, you had a lot of people working together, it's clear that the lines are drawn here, ' Cummings said about a month after entering office in Washington in 1996.
"He taught us patience and fortitude when confronted with malice from opponents, which he answered with 'charity for all.' And his faith in democracy served as a lesson to us all", Hoyer said in a statement. "If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very risky & filthy place", Trump tweeted.
In a joint statement, former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also praised Cummings' leadership of the committee "in finding facts, exposing fictions, and demanding that our government be accountable".
As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings led multiple investigations into Trump's governmental dealings.
While Cummings was "a proud progressive with a booming, melodious voice who found himself in the middle of most major political stories over the past decade", his legacy also includes the path he took to get there, Gowdy said.
Cummings was a trial lawyer before being elected to office to represent Baltimore and other parts of central Maryland, and has championed civil rights issues. Cummings was among the three chairmen to sign a letter seeking documents into whether Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate the family of Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden, the former vice president.