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U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) passed away October 17 after an extended illness. He was 68 years old.

Cummings was known as a strong fighter for his Baltimore-based district and for all working people. Prior to his election to Washington, he served in the Maryland legislature. He was a crusader for civil rights.

“Representative Cummings stood up for the men and women of the Port of Baltimore and the U.S. merchant marine,” recalled MTD President Michael Sacco. “He understood our issues and our concerns. We could always count on him. He will be deeply missed.”