LONGEST-SERVING CONGRESSMAN WILL NOT FINISH TERM
by Sharon Rondeau
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.