Longest Serving Black in Congress to Run Again

February 1, 2011  |  

(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.

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