Conyers, the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, will announce on Tuesday he does not plan to run for re-election, US media said following accusations of sexual harassment against the Michigan Democrat.
Conyers, 88, announced Tuesday morning during an interview on Praise 102.7 FM that he is retiring and is endorsing his son, John Conyers III, to replace him.
But after being publicly accused by one woman after another in recent weeks, he faced growing calls to resign from colleagues in the House, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
News of Conyers' departure comes amid a firestorm of sexual misconduct allegations made against other members of Congress, including Sen.
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At the time, Reed said that it would be up to Conyers, and not other politicians, whether he ended a almost 53-year-long career in Congress. Conyers - a figure who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and employed Rosa Parks - was first elected in 1964.
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Ian Conyers, the grandson of Conyers's brother, plans to run for his seat, setting up an intra-family contest.
Conyers has continued to deny the women's accounts, and his lawyer said Conyers would not pay back the settlement money that was paid to Brown at taxpayer expense. In the affidavit, Grubbs said Brown told her, "That SOB just wanted me to have sex with him".
"Oh, absolutely not", Conyers said. "It will be Congressman John Conyers who decides what it is he is going to do".
The rally at the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church on James Couzens in Detroit comes as some members of the media and Congress have called for Conyers to resign.
Grubbs witnessed assault on other women. He sponsored the bill to declare Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a national holiday, as well as the Alcohol Warning Label, National Voter Registration and Hate Crime Statistics acts.
The lawmaker was abandoned by party leadership when the seriousness of the allegations against him became apparent, and as Congress grapples with how to address the issue of sexual misconduct. He employed civil rights legend Rosa Parks at his Detroit district office for more than two decades. "I think we have to recognize and be able to hold the dueling possibilities that somebody can be a great man and have done great things for our country and for civil rights but also have done awful things that require accountability". "They are not true and I think they are something that I can't explain where they came from".