|Former U.S. Representative from Michigan's 13th District|
From: January 3, 2013 – December 5, 2017
|Former U.S. Representative from Michigan's 14th District|
From: January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2013
|Predecessor||Dennis M. Hertel|
|Former U.S. Representative from Michigan's 1st District|
From: January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1993
|Predecessor||Lucien N. Nedzi|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Service Years|| 1948 – 1950|
1950 – 1957
|Unit||Army National Guard|
John James Conyers, Jr. (May 16, 1929 – October 27, 2019) was a liberal Democrat who represented Detroit in Congress and chaired the powerful House Judiciary Committee. He resigned because of sexual harassment allegations, and died nearly two years afterwards. He was the longest-serving black congressman upon his death.
Conyers, a Baptist, was in the Michigan National Guard, the US Army, and the Army Reserves. During the Korean War, he served as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers in Korea. Conyers was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1965, and continued to represent Michigan's 14th Congressional District until his resignation.
Conyers issued a report in May 2005 that was highly critical of the 2004 election results from the state of Ohio. What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 General Election discusses differences between exit polls and final vote tallies, as well as reports of faulty electronic voting machines and ballot-counting machines.
In August 2006 Conyers issued a report, The Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retributions and Cover-ups in the Iraq War, that called for the censure of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney over intelligence failures in the run-up to the Iraq War, and reports of torture during the conduct of the war. His views in this area are considered to be partisan and have received little support outside of his political party and only moderate support within it.
Conyers was married to Monica Conyers, a Detroit City Council member who pleaded guilty in federal court in June 2009 to receiving bribes for her votes.
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- Dibble, Madison (October 27, 2019). Longest serving black congressman John Conyers dies at 90. Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 28, 2019.