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John Conyers, Jr.
John Conyers.jpg
U.S. House, Michigan, District 13
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1965-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 49
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorLucien N. Nedzi (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1964
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,892,860
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWayne State University
OtherWayne State Law School (LL.B.)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserves
Years of service1954-1957
Service branchUnited States Army
Years of service1950-1954
Personal
BirthdayMay 16, 1929
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth-$120,001
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Conyers, Jr. (b. May 16, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 13th congressional district. Clarke was first elected to the House in 1964.

Conyers most recently won re-election to the 13th congressional district seat in 2012.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Conyers is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Conyers was born in 1929 in Detroit, Michigan. He earned his B.A. and L.L.B. from Wayne State University in 1957 and 1958, respectively.[1]

Career

Prior to his political career, Conyers worked as an attorney.

  • 1948-1950: National Guard
  • 1950-1954: United States Army
  • 1954-1957: United States Army Reserves,
  • 1958-1961: Staff, United States Representative John D. Dingell, Jr., of Michigan
  • 1959-1964: General Counsel for three labor locals in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1961-1963: Referee for Michigan Workmen’s Compensation Department
  • 1963-Present: Executive Board Member of the National Association for the Advanced of Colored People
  • 1964-Present: Executive Board Member of the American Civil Liberties Union
  • 1965-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan
  • 1988: One of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Alcee Lamar Hastings, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Conyers serves on the following committees:[2]

  • Judiciary Committee Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice
    • Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

2011-2012

Conyers served on the following House committees:[3]

  • Judiciary Committee Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on the Constitution
    • Subcommitte on Intellectual Property, Competition, and Internet

Issues

House Judiciary Committee

Conyers has served on the House Judiciary Committee since shortly after he was sworn into Congress in 1965.[4] The Congressman holds the distinction of being the first ever African-American to be appointed to the House Judiciary Committee.[4] Conyers was one of the managers responsible for the impeachment trial of federal judge Alcee Hastings in 1989.[5]

Conyers also served on the committee in the impeachment proceedings of former Presidents Bill Clinton in 1998 and Richard Nixon in 1974.[6]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Conyers voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Campaign themes

2012

  • Conyers highlighted the issue of Healthcare on his campaign website:

"It is my belief that the best way to create an efficient, cost effective, and high quality universal health care system in the United States is to pass H.R. 676, and establish a non-profit universal single payer program that would be similar to an improved 'Medicare for all' program."[8]

Elections

2012

See also: Michigan's 13th congressional district elections, 2012

Conyers won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Michigan's 13th District.[9] He defeated Glenn Anderson, Bert Johnson, John Goci, and Shanelle Jackson in the August 7 Democratic primary. He then defeated Harry T. Sawicki (R), Chris Sharer (L), and Martin Gray (UST) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[10]


John Conyers, Jr., "This is John Conyers "[11]
U.S. House, Michigan District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Conyers, Jr. Incumbent 82.8% 235,336
     Republican Harry T. Sawicki 13.6% 38,769
     Libertarian Chris Sharer 2.1% 6,076
     UST Martin Gray 1.4% 4,089
Total Votes 284,270
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Michigan's 13th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Conyers, Jr. 55.4% 38,371
Glenn Anderson 18.2% 12,586
Shanelle Jackson 12.6% 8,708
Bert Johnson 10% 6,928
John Goci 3.8% 2,664
Total Votes 69,257

Endorsements

Conyers was endorsed by the organizations below for the 2012 election.[12]

  • Mich. Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Mich. AFSCME Council 25
  • Seafarers Intl. Union
  • UAW-CAP
  • Detroit Federation of Musicians
  • Operating Engineers Local 324 PAC
  • Mich. Maritime Trades Port Council
  • Mich. State AFL-CIO

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Conyers is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Conyers raised a total of $5,892,860 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[37]

John Conyers, Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Michigan, District 13) Won $1,044,468
2010 US House (Michigan, District 14) Won $1,137,010
2008 US House (Michigan, District 14) Won $1,096,282
2006 US House (Michigan, District 14) Won $1,069,653
2004 US House (Michigan, District 14) Won $560,101
2002 US House (Michigan, District 14) Won $410,787
2000 US House (Michigan, District 14) Won $574,559
Grand Total Raised $5,892,860

2012

Breakdown of funds according to source.

Conyers won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Conyers' campaign committee raised a total of $1,044,468 and spent $990,585.[38]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Conyers' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Conyers won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Conyers' campaign committee raised a total of $1,137,010 and spent $1,227,587.[39]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Conyers is a "far-left Democratic leader" as of June 2013.[40]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Conyers missed 4,398 of 25,638 roll call votes from Jan 1965 to Mar 2013, which is 17.2% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[41]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Conyers paid his congressional staff a total of $1,172,123 in 2011. He ranked 19th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 22nd overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Michigan ranked 13th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[42]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Conyers' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$199,999 and -$40,003. This averages to -$120,001, which is the same as 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011. [43]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Conyers' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-199,999 and $-40,003. That averages to $-120,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[44]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Conyers was ranked one of the most liberal representative during 2012. Thirteen other representatives across the country held this ranking. This is the most liberal ranking held by any of Michigan's representatives.[45]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, John Conyers, Jr. was ranked the 51st most liberal representative during 2011.[46]

Voting with party

2013

John Conyers, Jr. voted with the Democratic Party 93.7% of the time, which ranked 146th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[47]

Personal

Conyers has two sons with his wife, Monica (nee Esters).[48]

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External links

References

  1. Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "John Conyers, Jr." Accessed December 23, 2011
  2. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  3. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 23, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Black Americans in Congress" Committee Assignments(See Judiciary)
  5. "House Judiciary Committee" Biography of Chairman John Conyers
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  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. John Conyers, Jr. "Healthcare," Accessed October 9, 2012
  9. Politico "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  10. Associated Press primary results
  11. YouTube channel
  12. John Conyers, Jr. "Press Releases," Accessed October 9, 2012.
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1980," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1978," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1976," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1974," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1972," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1970," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1968," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1966," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1964," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. 'Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for John Conyers, Jr.," Accessed May 16, 2013
  38. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  39. Open Secrets "John Conyers 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed December 23, 2011
  40. Gov Track "John Conyers, Jr.," Accessed June 7 2013
  41. GovTrack, "John Conyers" Accessed April 2013
  42. LegiStorm "John Conyers"
  43. OpenSecrets.org, "Conyers, (D-Michigan), 2011"
  44. OpenSecrets.org, "Conyers, (D-Michigan), 2010"
  45. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  48. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 24, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Lucien N. Nedzi
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan
1965-present
Succeeded by
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