Former Rep. John Conyers Dies at Age 90

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While Conyers was earning his education, he was also earning his stripes in the military as a member of the Michigan National Guard and the United States Army Reserve.

His law practice and work in the auto plants in Detroit led him to the office of former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, where he worked as a legislative assistant for three years. With a tenure spanning 53 years, he was the longest-serving African American in congressional history and the sixth-longest serving congressperson overall.

He resigned in December 2017 after numerous allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against him.

Conyers investigated the 2004 USA presidential election in which Bush edged Democrat John Kerry, with Bush's narrow victory in OH proving pivotal. Conyers introduced a bill that would honor Dr. King with a federal holiday, which President Reagan signed into law years later.

"From being in Selma, Alabama, on Freedom Day during the Civil Rights Movement - to co-founding the Congressional Black Caucus, chairing the House Judiciary Committee and becoming Dean of the House of Representatives - Congressman Conyers dedicated his life to fighting for civil rights".

He was involved in reforms ranging from the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and the Hate Crimes Act of 2009 to the Jazz Preservation Act of 1987, the Detroit News recalls.

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That voter loyalty helped Conyers freely speak his mind. "He has fought for a better Detroit for more than half a century". The Justice Department said there was no evidence the congressman knew about his wife's conduct.

Conyers' lawyer, Arnold Reed, of Southfield, had reiterated on several occasions that the congressman was not ready to resign and wanted to see the ethics investigation completed.

The Michigan Democrat's resolutely liberal stance on civil rights and civil liberties made him a political institution. That bill never got past a House subcommittee.

Politicians, political commentators and activists took to social media to write about how they remember former Congressman John Conyers, who died at his home on October 27 at the age of 90, reportedly of natural causes.

Conyers is survived by his wife and two sons, according to The Associated Press. He was the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee before he stepped down.

During his time in office, Conyers was wildly successful in his district, regularly winning reelection with 80% of the vote or more.

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