Meet John Conyers
United States Representative John Conyers, Jr., a Detroit Democrat, was re-elected in November 2010 to his twenty-third term in the U. S. House of Representatives, winning 87 percent of the vote in Michigan's Fourteenth Congressional District. Congressman Conyers represents all of Highland Park and Hamtramck and the Down River communities of Melvindale, Allen Park, Southgate, Riverview, Trenton, Gibraltar, and Grosse Ile Township.
Congressman Conyers, a senior statesman in American political life, is respected and admired by colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Reserved and studious, he has quietly built a solid record of legislative achievement in his 46 years on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Conyers is the second-most senior member of the House, dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, former chairman of the House Committee on Government Operations (currently named Oversight and Government Reform) and serves as chairman of the pivotal House Judiciary Committee.
Serving the People of Michigan's 14th District
Congressman Conyers is a dedicated advocate for the people of Michigan's 14th Congressional District. One of the most central concerns of Congressman Conyers' political career has been fighting for Michigan's working families. With the skyrocketing costs of health care and pain at the gas pump, rising unemployment and discrimination in hiring and pay, Rep. Conyers continues to fight for equal pay for women and minorities, an increased minimum wage for all workers, and full employment for all Americans. He has been a fierce opponent of the Bush administration's attempts to roll back worker safety standards, eliminate overtime, and undermine workers' collective bargaining rights.
Personal and Family History
Congressman John Conyers, Jr. was born and raised in Detroit, where he attended the city's public schools. He served in the National Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War and then returned to Michigan to earn his bachelor's and law degrees from Wayne State University. Rep. Conyers was also active in the Civil Rights Movement, during which time he worked closely with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and many others who would become his colleagues and lifelong friends.
Rep. Conyers is married to Monica Esters Conyers. Together, they have raised two sons, John III and Carl Edward.