The Detroit News: Conyers Retiring “Today”

LONGEST-SERVING CONGRESSMAN WILL NOT FINISH TERM

by Sharon Rondeau

(Dec. 5, 2017) — In a radio appearance with Mildred Gaddis of 102.7 FM, 88-year-old Rep. John Conyers (D-MI13) announced he is “retiring today.”

Conyers has been under increasing pressure to resign after allegations of sexual harassment arose beginning last month.

During the interview, Conyers said that he is endorsing his son, John Conyers, III, to replace him.  Last week, the congressman was hospitalized due to what was described as a “stress-related illness.”

At 11:00 a.m. EST, Jon Scott of Fox News reported the development.

Conyers told Gaddis that the accusations will not affect his “legacy.”  He has denied the allegations but admitted settling a sexual harassment claim with a former staffer in 2015, Buzzfeed News reported on November 21.

On November 29, Conyers announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018.

He was first elected to Congress in 1964 and is currently the longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Prior to Conyers’s announcement that he is retiring, The New York Times reported that his great-nephew will seek the seat.

 

3 Responses to "The Detroit News: Conyers Retiring “Today”"

  1. Jeffrey Harrison   Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Somehow the founding fathers overlooked term limits for Congress and the Senate.
    Gary Wilmott is spot on about his term limit item and draining the swamp. His idea
    would be a great start to clean things up.

  2. Bob68   Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    What a shame, and after “only” 53 years in Congress. I wonder how much his retirement check will be after 53 years on the taxpayer dole?

  3. Gary Wilmott   Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Good riddance to an ineffective, corrupt, career politician. We need term limits. Drain the swamp!

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