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Michigan (District: 13)

Democratic

Current

starts 01/03/2013

Biography

John James Conyers, Jr. (born May 16, 1929) is the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">U.S. Representative for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan%27s_13th_congressional_district">Michigan’s 13th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1965 (the district was numbered as the 1st District until 1993, and as the 14th district from 1993 to 2013). The district includes the western half of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit">Detroit, as well as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dearborn,_Michigan">Dearborn, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_Park,_Michigan">Highland Park, and most of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downriver">downriver suburbs including http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyandotte,_Michigan">Wyandotte and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romulus,_Michigan">Romulus. He is a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Democratic_Party">Democratic Party. He is currently the second longest-serving incumbent member of the House (after fellow Michigan Democrat, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dingell">John Dingell) and the second-longest incumbent member of the entire Congress by length of service (also after Dingell).

Having entered the House of Representatives in 1965, Mr. Conyers is the second most senior member in the House of Representatives. He served as Chairman of the House Committee on Government Operations (now renamed Committee on Oversight and Government Reform) from 1989 until 1994.  In 2006, Congressman Conyers was elected by his congressional colleagues to lead, as Chairman, the pivotal House Committee on the Judiciary in the 110th and 111th Congress. In addition to its oversight of the Department of Justice (including the FBI) and the Federal Courts, the Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over copyright, civil rights, consumer protection, and constitutional issues. Congressman Conyers was also a member of the Judiciary Committee in its 1974 hearings on the Watergate impeachment scandal and played a prominent role in the recent impeachment process, giving him the distinction as the only Judiciary Committee Member to have served on both panels.

Congressman Conyers is also one of the 13 founding members of the http://www.house.gov/htbin/leave_site?ln_url=http://www.congressionalblackcaucus.net/" target="_blank">Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and is considered the Dean of that group. Formed in 1969, the CBC was founded to strengthen African-American law makers’ ability to address the legislative concerns of Black and minority citizens. 

In Mr. Conyers’ 40 plus years in Congress, some of his major accomplishments include: the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, the Motor Voter Bill of 1993, the Martin Luther King Holiday Act of 1983, the Alcohol Warning Label Act of 1988, and the Jazz Preservation Act of 1987.  He was also the driving force behind the Help America Vote Act of 2002.

In recent years, Mr. Conyers has focused his efforts on promoting economic development in Southeast Michigan, fighting for equal justice and the protection of the civil rights for all Americans, and promoting peace around the world.

Working for the People of Detroit and Downriver Communities

Congressman Conyers is dedicated to improving the lives of the people of the 14th Congressional District. During the 111th Congress, he worked tirelessly to secure funding for deserving groups and organizations. In yet another example of his dedication to the city of Detroit, he secured $2.75 million in funding for various infrastructure improvements, including $750,000 for the restoration of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and an additional $500,000 for airport improvements. Reforming the justice system remains at the forefront of his mind, as evident in his ability to secure more than $3 million in funding for justice-related projects. This includes $1 million for a police department Firearm Reduction Initiative, $400,000 for the Wayne County Juvenile Mentoring Program, and $550,000 for the City of Detroit Parolees, Technical Parole Violators, and Former Prisoners Project, which aims at providing former prisoners with job training and employment opportunities.

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