Democratic Majority for Israel President and CEO Mark Mellman issued the following statement today:

“We are deeply saddened to learn of Chairman Elijah Cummings’s passing. An exemplary leader, Cummings fought tirelessly for the people of Baltimore, for our democracy, for our children and for social justice. We are grateful that Congressman Cummings was also a champion of a strong U.S. – Israel relationship. More than two decades ago, he founded a youth program that sent students from Baltimore to Israel to strengthen their ties and deepen understanding. All Americans are indebted to him and for his unstinting service to our country. We send our condolences to his family and loved ones. May his memory be a blessing.”