John Conyers has served in the United States House of Representatives since 1964, making him the longest-serving African American in the history of that body. Conyers was the first African American elected to serve as Democratic Leader of the House Committee on the Judiciary for the 104th Congress and is the ranking member of that pivotal committee. Prior to his election to Congress, John Conyers was a senior partner in the law form of Conyers, Bell, Carl Edward, and Townsend.
Conyers has also served on Judiciary Committee, where he has worked to introduce and endorse legislation advancing civil liberties, ensuring equal protection and access to the voting booth, and combating violence against women. He was the leading sponsor of the Violence Against Women Act and the original sponsor of the National Voter Registration Act. Additionally, Conyers is one of thirteen founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Recently, Conyers has fought for transparency in federal government practices by introducing a bill to create a truth commission panel to investigate the Bush administration. Conyers has also advocated for the full reading of bills before voting as a further effort to increase transparency. Conyers remains the US Representative for Michigan’s 13th district and is the second longest seated incumbent in the entire House.