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(CBS News)–Long-serving former Democratic Congressman John Conyers Jr. , who was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and first introduced Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday, but had to step down in 2017 amid allegations of sexual misconduct , has died. He was 90.
A family spokeswoman confirmed Conyers’s death to CBS News, while two other people in touch with his family Sunday said that Conyers died in his sleep at his Detroit home of natural causes.
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who was elected to his seat in 2018, called him “our Congressman forever.”
“He never once wavered in fighting for jobs, justice and peace,” Tlaib tweeted . “We always knew where he stood on issues of equality and civil rights in the fight for the people. Thank you Congressman Conyers for fighting for us for over 50 years.”
Born in 1929 in Detroit, Conyers’ father served as an international representative for United Auto Workers. Conyers served in the Korean War and returned to receive degrees from Wayne State University. Conyers served as an attorney for Detroit-area labor union chapters and went to work as an aide for longtime Democratic Congressman John Dingell in 1961 before winning his own seat in 1964.
Conyers arrived as a congressman in 1965, at the time one of only six black House member and while Lyndon Johnson was still president. He was a cosponsor of Voting Rights Act of 1965, according to Michigan Live . Upon the Supreme Court’s vacating of the Voting Rights Act […]