On behalf of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and its 32 Chapters across the country, members and advocates for people of color in the transportation industry, we express our deepest sadness about the loss of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings.
The following statement was issued by A. Bradley Mims, President and CEO of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) regarding the passing of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings:
COMTO STATEMENT ABOUT THE PASSING OF THE HONORABLE ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS
For Immediate Release: ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 17, 2019 – On behalf of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and its 32 Chapters across the country, members and advocates for people of color in the transportation industry, we express our deepest sadness about the loss of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings.
Congressman Cummings was a true statesman, warrior for justice and believer in democratic process. As Chair of the House Government Oversight Committee, he served a higher moral calling – one that gave strength and dignity to those often overlooked by society. He dedicated his life as a public servant to making the world better for future generations.
“I had the distinct honor and privilege of working on transportation issues with Congressman Cummings since he was a Freshman Member of Congress. As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I marveled at the power and energy he demonstrated as he served his constituents along with the entire transportation community.”
Having represented Maryland’s seventh Congressional District for 23 years, Congressman Cummings’ track record of progressive leadership on behalf of his constituents and the citizens of the United States will be heralded for years to come. As a “Son of Baltimore,” Congressman Cummings was passionate and committed to serving the place that he called home for most of his life.
In addition to serving the constituents of Baltimore in the seventh Congressional District of Maryland, Congressman Cummings was a long-time champion for minorities in the transportation industry. For more than 20 years, he served as COMTO’s CBC sponsor for our annual Transportation Braintrust held during the CBCF’s Annual Legislative Conference. As a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Congressman Cummings advocated to ensure that the issues that are important to our members and partners are heard by key transportation decision makers across the country. His commitment to transportation and infrastructure were just the tip of the iceberg with regard to the causes he championed throughout his life; even until his very last days.
No words can convey the magnitude of the loss of Chairman Cummings. He was truly a friend to COMTO and for that, we will be eternally grateful. We extend our deepest condolences to his family during this time.
COMTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association of individuals, groups, transportation agencies, private sector corporations, nonprofit organizations, and Historically Underutilized Businesses. Founded in 1971, COMTO was created to provide an advocacy forum for minority professionals in the transportation industry. COMTO’s mission is to ensure opportunities and participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, businesses and communities of color through advocacy, information sharing, training, education, and professional development. For more information, visit www.comtonational.org.