Congressman Conyers retires under pressure over sexual harrassment

John Conyers

Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Michigan) has announced his retirement from Congress, amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

“I am retiring today,” Conyers, 88, said Tuesday on a Detroit radio show. “And I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the support – the incredible, undiminished support I’ve received across the years from my supporters, not only in my district but across the country as well.”

Conyers said he was “in the process of putting together my retirement plans.” He reportedly endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to run for his seat in 2018.

“I’m absolutely going to file for his seat. The work of our congressional district, where I come out of, has to continue,” the younger Conyers said, according to the New York Times. “We have got to have someone who has depth and experience but also historical understanding of what it takes to fight this type of evil in Washington.”

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