John Conyers

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John Conyers
U.S. Representative – MI-14
Image:200px-John_conyers.jpg
Party Democratic
Assumed office

January 4, 1965

Preceded by Dennis Hertel
Committees
Born May 16, 1929
Spouse Monica Conyers
Religion Baptist


Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Democrat, represents the 14th Congressional District of Michigan and is the Chair of the House Committee on the Judiciary.

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Impeachment?

Dave Lindorff accuses Pelosi of "unconscionable strong-arm tactics to keep impeachment 'off the table' in the 110th Congress" and of silencing Judiciary Chair Conyers on the issue.

Background

Rep. Conyers was born on May 16, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan. Rep. Conyers was educated in Detroit's public school system and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1957 and a Doctor of Law degree at Wayne State University in 1958. [1]

Conyers served in the National Guard from 1948 - 1950; the United States Army, 1950 - 1954 and the United States Army Reserves, 1954 - 1957. His military service included being in combat in Korea. Rep. Conyers was a staff member for United States Representative John D. Dingell, Jr., of Michigan, from 1958 - 1961. [2]

The 14th Congressional District (map) includes all of Highland Park and Hamtramck, as well as parts of Detroit and Dearborn. Rep. Conyers has served since 1965 and is the second longest serving member of the House of Representatives, outranked only by fellow Michigan member John Dingell, Jr..

Conyers is a leading figure in the Democratic Party and the Congressional Black Caucus, and is currently Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In 1971, he was one of the original members of Nixon's Enemies List.

According to the National Journal, Conyers has been considered, with Pete Stark, to be one of the most liberal members of Congress for many years.

Conyers appeared in Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 discussing the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, stating that members of Congress "don't read most of the bills".

Conyers frequently posts at Daily Kos. Since May 2005 he's been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.

Conyers and ten other Congressmen, filed an action in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division, challenging the constitutionality of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. In simple terms the complaint alleged the bill was not afforded due consideration by the United States Congress before being signed by the President.[3] The action was subsequently dismissed on grounds of lack of standing.[4]

Committees

Caucuses

  • One of the 13 founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus

Affiliations

Awards

  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference Award, presented by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [5] ~ date unknown

Legislation

H.R. 676-110To provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, and for other purposes.
February 2, 2007: Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

Downing Street Memo

On May 5, 2005, Conyers and 88 other members of Congress wrote an open letter to the White House inquiring about a leaked memo which revealed an apparent secret agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom to attack Iraq in 2002. The Times, a British national newspaper, reported that newly-discovered documents reveal British and U.S. intentions to invade Iraq and leaders of the two countries had "discussed creating pretextual justifications for doing so". The documents go on to say that Blair decided the U.S. would need to "create" conditions to justify the war.

The memo story broke in the United Kingdom, but has not received much coverage in the United States, prompting Conyers to lament: "This should not be allowed to fall down the memory hole during wall-to-wall coverage of the Michael Jackson trial and a runaway bride."

CNN did pick up this story seven days after the letter was released. FOX News, as of this writing, has not covered the issue.

Conyers et. al are seriously considering sending a congressional investigation delegation to London. [6]

Letters/Articles from Rep. Conyers & the Judiciary Committee re: Downing Street Memo: [7]

Iraq War

Last Congress, Rep. Conyers voted against Joint House Resolution 114 which gave the President the authority to invade Iraq. Additionally, he signed on as a plaintiff to a lawsuit which asserted that the resolution was unconstitutional and therefore not valid, since the Constitution specifically designates that only Congress can declare war. Additionally, Rep. Conyers has spoken at anti-war demonstrations and written letters to the Administration asking that it meet with the Members of Congress who oppose the war. [8]

Letters/Articles from Rep. Conyers & the Judiciary Committee re: Iraq War [9]

CIA Leak, Plame Affair, Rovegate

Letters/Articles from Rep. Conyers & the Judiciary Committee re: Rovegate [10]

GannonGate

Letters/Articles from Rep. Conyers & the Judiciary Committee re: Gannongate [11]


Constitution Crisis

  • Conyers released a monumental report, documenting the illegal and un-constitution actions of the Bush Administrition: The Constitution in Crisis.

Contact

Washington DC Office
2426 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5126
Fax: (202) 225-0072

Southgate Office
DCC Building
Suite 257
15100 Northline Road
Southgate, MI 48195
Phone: (734) 285-5624
Fax: (734) 285-5943

Detroit Office
669 Federal Building
231 W. Lafayette
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 961-5670
Fax: (313) 226-2085

Email: John Conyers

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