Encyclopedia Of Detroit

Conyers, Monica

Monica Conyers graduated from the University of the District of Columbia School of Law with a Juris Doctor, Central Michigan University with a Masters in public Administration and Bennett College with a BA in Secondary Education and Political Science. She also served in Washington D.C. as a Lyndon B. Johnson intern.

After marrying U.S. Representative John Conyers, Conyers served as co-chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Association and she is on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

In 2005, Conyers was elected President Pro Tempore of the Detroit City Council. As a member of the City Council, Conyers has worked on issues of public safety, neighborhood improvement and crime prevention.

Following the resignation of Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick and the ascension of City Council President Ken Cockrel, Jr. to the Mayor's Office, Monica Conyers became President of the City Council on September 19, 2008.  She returned to her position as President Pro Tempore in May 2009 after Cockrel was defeated in a special mayoral election by businessman Dave Bing.

Later in 2009, she pled guilty to two felonies in connection with a City Hall bribery scandal and she resigned her seat on the City Council. 

Monica Conyers has been married to U.S. Congressman John Conyers for more than 16 years. They have two sons, John III and Carl Edward.