Former Congressman John Conyers Dies at the age of 90

DETROIT, MI – Former Congressman John Conyers died today, Sunday October 27th, 2019.John Conyers official Photo

John Conyers will be remembered as a man who did his very best to be a person who will long be regarded as a man who represented the people of Detroit and beyond. He was known to be one of the most liberal members of Congress.

Conyers served more than 50 years in Congress, becoming the sixth-longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history. Congressman Conyers was very active in the civil rights movement from the very beginning. He co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus in 1969.

He went on to serve as an aide to Congressman John Dingell before winning election to the House of Representatives in 1964.  Mr. Conyers served as a U.S. Representative from 1965 to 2017.

John Conyers, a Democratic politician, did not come without controversy. Much of that came from his wife, Monica Conyers, who won election to the Detroit City Council. Elected to the Detroit City Council in 2005, she was elected by its members to serve as President pro tempore.

During her four year term, she become a lightening rod for much of the ills that Detroit was experiencing at the time. While serving her term, the political crisis surrounding then Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was playing out in front of not only Detroit and Michigan but the nation as well. Monica Conyers was the only member of the Detroit City Council to vote against a resolution demanding that Kilpatrick resign.

In June of 2009, Monica Conyers was linked to an ongoing corruption investigation in Detroit involving alleged bribes.  She was ultimately convicted and spent time in Federal prison.

Monica Conyers had filed for divorce in Wayne County Circuit Court in September of 2015 after being married to Congressman John Conyers for 25 years.  In 2016, the divorce proceedings ended and the couple remained married until his death today.