47 Facts About John Conyers

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John Conyers was the Dean of the House of Representatives from 2015 to 2017, by virtue of him being the longest-serving member of Congress at the time.

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John Conyers served as an aide to Congressman John Dingell before winning election to the House in 1964.

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3.

John Conyers co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus in 1969 and established a reputation as one of the most liberal members of Congress.

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John Conyers joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus after it was founded in 1991.

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5.

John Conyers supported creation of a single-payer healthcare system and sponsored the United States National Health Care Act.

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6.

John Conyers sponsored a bill to establish Martin Luther King Jr.

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7.

John Conyers ran for Mayor of Detroit in 1989 and 1993, but he was defeated in the primary each time.

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8.

John Conyers served as the ranking Democratic member on the House Committee on the Judiciary from 1995 to 2007 and again from 2011 to 2017.

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John Conyers served as chairman of that committee from 2007 to 2011 and as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee from 1989 to 1995.

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10.

John Conyers served as counsel to several Detroit-area labor union locals.

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11.

John Conyers became one of the leaders of the civil rights movement.

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12.

In total, John Conyers won re-election twenty-five times and was serving in his twenty-sixth term.

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13.

John Conyers was the dean of the House as longest-serving current member, the third longest-serving member of the House in history, and the sixth longest-serving member of Congress in history.

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14.

John Conyers was the second-longest serving member of either house of Congress in Michigan's history, trailing only his former boss, Dingell.

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15.

John Conyers was the last member of the large Democratic freshman class of 1964 who was still serving in the House.

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16.

In May 2014, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett determined that John Conyers had not submitted enough valid nominating petition signatures to appear on the August 2014 Primary Election ballot.

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17.

John Conyers was one of the 13 founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus and was considered the Dean of that group.

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18.

John Conyers served longer in Congress than any other African American.

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19.

In 1965, John Conyers won a seat as a freshman on the influential Judiciary Committee, which was then chaired by Democratic Congressman Emanuel Celler of New York.

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20.

John Conyers was known to have opposed regulation of online gambling.

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21.

John Conyers opposed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.

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22.

John Conyers continued to propose legislation to establish the federal holiday in every session of Congress from 1968 to 1983, when Martin Luther King Jr.

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23.

John Conyers first introduced the proposed resolution in 1989, and has stated his intention to annually propose this act until it is approved and passed.

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24.

John Conyers was critical of President Richard Nixon during his tenure.

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25.

John Conyers, who voted to impeach Nixon in July 1974, wrote at the time,.

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26.

John Conyers introduced it with 25 cosponsors, in 2003, and reintroduced it each session since then.

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27.

In May 2005, John Conyers released What Went Wrong in Ohio: The John Conyers Report On The 2004 Presidential Election.

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28.

John Conyers was one of 31 members of the House who voted not to count the 20 electoral votes from Ohio in the 2004 presidential election.

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29.

John Conyers proposed House Resolution 288, which condemns "religious intolerance" and emphasizes Islam as needing special protection from acts of violence and intolerance.

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30.

In 2005, John Conyers introduced House Resolution 160, a house resolution that would have condemned the conduct of Narendra Modi, then the chief minister of the State of Gujarat in India.

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31.

John Conyers repeatedly introduced the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, a bill that would overturn the NIH Public Access Policy, an open-access mandate of the National Institutes of Health.

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32.

Writers Lawrence Lessig and Michael Eisen accused John Conyers of being influenced by publishing houses, who have contributed significant money to his campaigns.

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33.

John Conyers introduced a bill to set up a "truth commission" panel to investigate alleged policy abuses of the Bush administration.

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34.

John Conyers's was given a pre-indictment letter, and offered a plea bargain deal in the case.

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35.

John Conyers's served slightly more than 27 months at the Alderson Federal Prison Camp.

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36.

John Conyers has voiced concerns about sending anti-aircraft missiles to Syrian rebels.

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37.

John Conyers's filed an affidavit with the Congressional Office of Compliance.

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38.

On one occasion, Sloan alleged that John Conyers had summoned to his office, where she found him sitting in his underwear; she quickly departed.

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39.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who initially stated that John Conyers was an "icon" and had done a great deal to protect women, called upon John Conyers to resign.

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40.

John Conyers's said the allegations against him were "very credible".

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41.

John Conyers was one of the 23 candidates who qualified for ballot access.

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42.

John Conyers married Monica Esters, a teacher in Detroit, in 1990.

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43.

John Conyers's was 25 and he was 61; they had two sons together, John James III and Carl Edward Conyers.

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44.

John Conyers's later served as a vice administrator of the public schools, and in 2005 was elected to the Detroit City Council.

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45.

In September 2015, Monica John Conyers filed for divorce, citing a "breakdown of the marriage".

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46.

John Conyers generated controversy by telling of Conyers's planned retirement in interviews before the Congressman announced it himself, and claiming his great-uncle's endorsement.

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47.

Ian John Conyers was defeated in the Democratic primary by Rashida Tlaib.

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