|U.S. Representative from Michigan's 14th District|
From: January 3, 1993-Present
|Predecessor||Dennis M. Hertel|
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Former U.S. Representative from Michigan's 1st District|
From: January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1993
|Predecessor||Lucien N. Nedzi|
|Service Years|| 1948–1950, 1950–1957|
|Rank|| United States Army|
John Conyers (born 1929) is a liberal Democrat who represents Detroit in Congress and chairs the powerful House Judiciary Committee.
Conyers, a Baptist, served in the Michigan National Guard, the US Army, and in the Army Reserves. During the Korean War, Conyers served as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers in Korea. Conyers was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1965, and continues to represent Michigan's 14th Congressional District.
Conyers issued a report in May 2005 that was highly critical of the 2004 election results from the state of Ohio. What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 General Election discusses differences between exit polls and final vote tallies, as well as reports of faulty electronic voting machines and ballot counting machines.
In August 2006 Conyers issued a report, The Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retributions and Cover-ups in the Iraq War, that called for the censure of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney over intelligence failures in the run up to the Iraq War, and reports of torture during the conduct of the war. His views in this area are considered to be partisan and have received little support outside of his political party and only moderate support within it.
Conyers is married to Monica Conyers, a Detroit City Council member who pleaded guilty in federal court in June 2009 to receiving bribes for her votes.
In 1992, Conyers was implicated in the House banking scandal.