Mr. Conyers' Work In Congress


Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Conyers has introduced and supported legislation to advance civil liberties, ensure equal protection and equal access to the voting booth and fight violence against women. He has also led the Committee in its extensive investigations into abuses of power by the Bush Administration, including the firing of nine U.S. Attorneys in late 2006, the apparent politicization of public corruption investigations and hiring practices by the Department of Justice, and the legal memoranda that formed the basis of the Administration's torture policies.

Universal Health Care
Ensuring right to affordable health care for every American is one of the causes closest to Congressman Conyers' heart. For more than three decades, he has led efforts in Congress to reform the health care system. He introduced the United States National Health Insurance Act, H.R. 676, a bill to provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents. H.R. 676 has 90 Congressional co-sponsors and the endorsement of many unions and health care professionals throughout the country.

Legislative Accomplishments
When Rep. Conyers first ran for Congress in 1964, he promised to work for "jobs, justice and peace." Throughout his 43 years in Congress, Rep. Conyers has introduced, sponsored and shepherded countless legislation on these three themes, and in many other areas of concern to the people of Michigan's 14th District, and the country as a whole. His major legislative accomplishments include:

  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • The Martin Luther King Holiday Act of 1983
  • The Jazz Preservation Act of 1987
  • The Motor Voter Bill of 1993
  • The Violence Against Women Act of 1994
  • The Help America Vote Act of 2002
  • The Second Chance Act of 2007

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