DETROIT – After more than 50 years of public service in the U.S. House, Rep. John Conyers has announced he will not seek another term.
In fact, Conyers said Tuesday he is retiring effective immediately. The 88-year-old congressman serves as U.S. Representative for Michigan's 13th congressional district. The Democrat stepped down from his position as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee last week and denied sexual harassment allegations against him.
Conyers spoke via phone to Detroit radio show host Mildred Gaddis, who said the congressman was calling the show from the hospital where he has been for the past week suffering from dizziness and shortness of breath, according to his attorney Arnold Reed.
Here is a list of possible candidates to run for Conyers' vacant seat:
- John Conyers III: John Conyers' son, who the congressman said he endorses
- Ian Conyers: John Conyers' nephew who is a Michigan state Senator representing the 4th District.
- Rashida Tlaib: Former State Representative from Del Ray/Southwest section of Detroit
- Mary Sheffield: Current and re-elected Detroit City Council member
- Coleman A. Young II: Current, but term-limited, State Senator from Detroit
- Reggie Turner: Clark Hill attorney and former State Board of Education member, lobbyist and State Gaming Commission member worked with both Engler and Granholm
- Bill Wild: Mayor of Westland
- Brenda Jones -- Detroit City Council president
- Benny Napoleon -- Wayne County Sheriff
- Sherry Gay Dagnogo -- Michigan state representative for the 8th District -- comprising northwest Detroit