John Conyers of Michigan announces re-election campaign for House of Representatives

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REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Rep. John Conyers is running for a 27th consecutive term in Congress.

 The Detroit Democrat, who is Congress’ current longest-serving member, announced his plans Monday.

The 86-year-old Conyers was first elected in 1964. Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey has said she will run for the seat.

Conyers is the top-ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

He became Congress’ longest-serving member when Michigan Rep. John Dingell retired at the end of 2014.

Conyers counts as accomplishments the enactment of anti-domestic violence legislation, a bill requiring states to offer voter registration to people renewing a driver’s license and a law creating a national holiday for Martin Luther King Jr.

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