Longtime former Detroit Congressman John Conyers dies at 90

Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, the most senior member of Congress, addresses a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on June 4, 2017. The accomplished lawmaker has resigned after 50-plus years in the House amid allegations of sexual misconduct by some former staffers.Former Congressman John Conyers, who was the longest-serving African-American representative ever in the House, died Sunday at his Detroit home. He was 90.

Conyers, a liberal Democrat, was a co-founder of the Congressional Black Congress. During a congressional career that spanned 10 presidencies, he built a reputation as a champion of civil and human rights.

“He’s touched so many lives across the country around the world when you talk about human rights and civil rights,” said Jonathan Kinloch, Democratic Party chairman of the 13th Congressional District. “He was a giant then, he’s a giant now, and he will remain a giant into history.”

Conyers’ legacy was marred by complaints of sexual harassment that led to his 2017 resignation. Conyers denied the allegations.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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