Sending Office: Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
DEADLINE: TODAY, 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 16 — COSPONSOR RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE OF FORMER MEMBER JOHN CONYERS AND EXTENDING BEST WISHES ON THE OCCASION OF HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY”
I invite you to join me as an original co-sponsor of a resolution extending best wishes to former Congressman John Conyers on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
John Conyers, Jr., was born in Highland Park, Michigan, on May 16, 1929, and grew up in the city of Detroit, Michigan. He served in the Michigan National Guard from 1948 to 1950; the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1954; and the U.S. Army Reserves from 1954 to 1957.
He served for a year in Korea during the Korean War as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was awarded combat and merit citations.
After earning his B.A. and LL.M. degrees from Wayne State University, John Conyers, Jr., was an active member of the Michigan Bar, co-founding the law firm Conyers, Bell & Townsend, working on the staff of Congressman John Dingell, serving as counsel to
Detroit-area labor union locals and as a referee for Michigan’s workmen’s compensation department from 1961-1963.
John Conyers, Jr., was elected to Congress from Michigan’s 1st District, following the landmark 1964
Baker v. Carr decision, and served 26 terms, winning re-election twenty-five times. He is the third longest-serving member of the House in history, and the sixth longest-serving member of Congress in history, and a founding member of the Congressional
Black Caucus in 1969 and was considered the Dean of the Caucus during his tenure following the retirement of Congressman John Dingell.
John Conyers, Jr., won a seat as a freshman on the influential Judiciary Committee and went on to serve as Chairman of that committee from 2007 to 2011, along with serving as the ranking Democratic member on the Committee from 1995 to 2007 and again from
2011 to 2017. During his tenure in Congress, vigorously and successfully worked to oppose initiatives that violated Constitutional values and served as a beacon of hope to those facing poverty and injustice, pursuing legislative remedies for police misconduct,
access to affordable healthcare, LGBTQ protections, violence against the Arab and Muslim American communities, AIDS in the African-American community, environmental racism, and restorative justice.
Over the course of his legislative career, John Conyers was responsible for shepherding into law more than 100 bills, amendments, and resolutions, including 57 on which he was the overall lead sponsor, and an additional 56 that he managed or was the lead
Democratic sponsor. Among his many notable legislative efforts were the Martin Luther King Holiday Act, the Voting Rights act Reauthorizations, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorizations, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Pattern and Practice Enforcement
Act, the USA Freedom Act, the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act, the Fair Sentencing Act, the “Motor Voter” Act, and the Innocence Protection Act.
To cosponsor this resolution, contact Gregory Berry at
Gregory.Berry@mail.house.gov or by phone at (202) 225-3816.
Very truly yours,
Sheila Jackson Lee
MEMBER OF CONGRESS
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