Longest Serving Black in Congress to Run Again
(USA Today) — Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving African American in Congress, says he’ll run for a 25th term. The Michigan lawmaker told The Detroit News that he’ll run again. “I’m not the retiring type,” said Conyers, 81. “If I wanted to retire, I could do that, too. I actually love my work.” Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, was first elected in 1964. He hasn’t had a tough re-election bid in years. But members of Conyers’ family have drawn headlines: His wife, Monica, is in prison on corruption charges, and the congressman recently reimbursed the U.S. Treasury for the time his son, John Conyers III, drove his government-leased Cadillac Escalade.