Congressman John Conyers, Jr.: A Record of Progress: A Summary of Legislative and Related Accomplishments, 1965-Present
Detroit, MI - Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) today released an updated version of “A Record of Progress: A Summary of Legislation and Related Accomplishments,” a 154-page report detailing his more than 50 years of public service on behalf of the people of Michigan. Congressman Conyers is the Dean of the U.S. Congress, founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and first African-American Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Congressman Conyers has helped secure hundreds of millions of dollars of funding for the Detroit area during his legislative career, including more than $850 million in grants and appropriated funding since 1993, and more than $300 million in the current Congress.
|Dean of the U.S. House|
John Conyers, Jr.
“It is my absolute privilege to serve the people of Michigan,” said Congressman Conyers. “I am fortunate to have been able to help pass legislation, procure funding, and take actions – both this Congress as well as in prior years – benefitting many important and worthy causes in the 13th District. These include the Hardest Hit Fund, helping to save the IRS office in Detroit this Congress, and working to bring the first Patent and Trademark satellite office to Detroit in 2012. I recognize that much work remains to be done, and I look forward to continuing to fight for jobs, justice and peace.”
Over the course of his career, Congressman Conyers has been responsible for more than 100 bills, amendments and resolutions that have been signed into law. These include: the Martin Luther King Holiday Act, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act, and Reauthorizations of the Voting Rights Act and the Violence Against Women Act.
This Congress, as the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Conyers was the lead Democrat in enacting the USA Freedom Act, which ends bulk data collection; the lead Judiciary Democrat in enacting the Comprehensive Addition and Recovery Act, which authorizes grants for opioid abuse; and is the lead Democrat seeking to reform our criminal justice system, including limiting mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders. He is also continuing his long-term efforts to examine the causes and incidents of police misconduct – which efforts led to passage of Congressman Conyers’ landmark Pattern and Practice legislation in 1994 and his reintroduction of the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act this Congress, which is presently the subject of bipartisan discussions.
Overall, Congressman Conyers has introduced more than 50 bills and resolutions this Congress, many of which are aimed at helping Detroit and Michigan, including updating the Voting Rights Act, responding to the abuses of Michigan’s emergency manager law, repairing our crumbling water infrastructure, and ensuring healthcare and jobs for all. He has also cosponsored and advocated for key gun safety legislation.