Encyclopedia Of Detroit

Conyers, Jr., John

John Conyers, Jr., was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1929. Conyers graduated from the Detroit Public Schools and went on serve in the National Guard and the United Stated Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War. He later received both his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Wayne State University.

Conyers was first elected to United States House of Representatives in 1964 and he has served in that distinguished body ever since. During his time in Congress, Conyers chaired the House Committee of Government Operations and the House Judiciary Committee. Conyers is also one of the 13 original founders of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Known for his outspoken style and willingness to fight for what he believes in, Conyers is one of Michigan’s longest-serving U.S. Representatives.

Conyers is married to Detroit City Council President Pro Tempore Monica Conyers. They have two sons, John III and Carl Edward.