Meet John Conyers
United States Congressman John Conyers, Jr., a Democrat from Detroit, was re-elected in November 2012 to his twenty-fifth term in the U. S. House of Representatives, winning 83 percent of the vote in Michigan's Thirteenth Congressional District. Congressman Conyers represents parts of metropolitan Detroit and Dearborn Heights, all of Inkster, Highland Park, Garden City, Redford Township, Wayne, and Westland. In addition, Congressman Conyers represents the Down River communities of Ecorse, Melvindale, River Rouge, and Romulus.
Congressman Conyers, a senior statesman in American political life, is respected and admired by colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Throughout his years of public service, Representative has built a lengthy record of legislative achievement on Capitol Hill in his quest for “Jobs, Justice and Peace.”
Currently, Representative Conyers is currently the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, the Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, and the second-most senior member of the House. Previously, Congressman Conyers was the Chairman of the House Committee on Government Operations - now called Oversight and Government Reform - and served as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. If re-elected, Congressman Conyers will become the longest serving Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the first African American Dean of the House in history.
Serving the People of Michigan's 13th District
Congressman Conyers is a tireless advocate for the people of Michigan's 13th Congressional District. In his decades of public service, Congressman Conyers has always fought for Michigan’s working families and defended the least fortunate. With workers’ wages stagnating and unemployment that remains stubbornly high, Representative Conyers continues to fight for equal pay, an extension in jobless aid as well as an increase in the minimum wage, and full employment for all Americans. He has been a fierce opponent of House Republicans’ attempts to roll back workers’ rights, eliminate safety standards, and shred the social safety net.
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. Congressman Conyers was active in the Civil Rights Movement, during which time he worked closely with Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and many others who would become his colleagues and lifelong friends.
Representative Conyers is married to Monica Esters Conyers. Together, they have raised two sons, John III and Carl Edward.