Legendary congressman John Conyers retires amid pleas for him to stay

Legendary congressman John Conyers retires amid pleas for him to stay

Legendary congressman John Conyers retires amid pleas for him to stay

John Conyers told a Detroit area radio show that he'll step down from his seat in Congress Tuesday and publicly endorsed his son to replace him once he leaves Capitol Hill. He returned home from Washington, D.C. Tuesday night. "My legacy will continue through my children", Conyers said. Conyers influenced debates over each issue as a member and, eventually, the chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee.

Last week, Marion Brown, a woman with whom Conyers had settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2005, appeared on NBC's "Today" show and said Conyers had "violated" her body, propositioned her for sex and touched her inappropriately.

Conyers, who was first elected in 1964 and went on to become a founding member in 1971 of the Congressional Black Caucus, easily won re-election a year ago to his 27th term in the heavily Democratic district in and around Detroit. He is married to Monica Conyers who pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiracy to commit bribery as a member of the Detroit City Council.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Rep. John Conyers will not seek re-election after his current term. Another woman alleges she was sacked by Conyers after she rejected his advances and subsequently settled a wrongful dismissal claim with the congressman.

Melanie Sloan, a former Conyers aide and Washington lawyer, told The Washington Post last week that Conyers harassed and verbally abused her when she worked for his Washington office in the 1990s.

He acknowledged the settlement but denied any wrongdoing.

Following these accusations, House minority leader Nanci Pelosi eventually asked Conyers to step down, as did Rep. James E. Clyburn.

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According to a phone interview with The New York Times, the state senator was adamant that the elder Conyers was not resigning, but retiring instead. "This too shall pass", said Conyers on a local MI radio station Tuesday morning.

Top Democrats, including Pelosi, have also called for.

He also hired civil rights heroine Rosa Parks to serve on his congressional staff in his Detroit office.

After a 15-year struggle, Conyers succeeded in establishing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a federal holiday in 1986.

Firmly ensconced in his House seat, Conyers remained a reliable left-wing vote. When Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., resigned in March 2010 amid allegations that he had groped and tickled male staffers, Gov. David Paterson, D, put the replacement election on the November ballot.

In recent years, Conyers lent his name and clout to a series of progressive bills, not least the Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act. The settlement was first reported by BuzzFeed News.

The furor over Conyers unfolded as the sexual misconduct allegations against Franken and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sent members of both parties rushing to choose sides. As you know his health is not the best.

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