Rep. John Conyers not seeking re-election after term

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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.

"We have one commonality today and t is called due process", said the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit chapter of the NAACP, according to Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press. "He is going to retire", Ian Conyers told The New York Times. Ian Conyers, a MI state senator and the grandson of Conyers' brother, said he also plans to run for the seat held by his 88-year-old great-uncle.

Veteran US Democrat John Conyers announced Tuesday he is leaving the House of Representatives after more than five decades in office, following a series of sexual harassment accusations by former staffers.

Conyers, who was first elected in 1964 and went on to become a founding member in 1971 of the Congressional Black Caucus, easily won re-election previous year to his 27th term in the heavily Democratic district in and around Detroit. "I have a great family here and especially in my oldest boy, John Conyers III who incidentally I endorsed to replace me in my seat in Congress".

The 49-member black caucus didn't call for Conyers to step aside.

Grubbs also said she repeatedly saw Conyers touching and stroking the legs and buttocks of Brown and other female staffers. "This too shall pass", he said, calling in from a local hospital.

He added, "I want you to know that my legacy will continue through my children". Until Tuesday, he was the longest-serving current member of Congress.

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He said he's endorsing his son, John Conyers III, to replace him in Congress. Conyers faced calls to resign following reports that he reached a $27,000 settlement with a former aide who said she was sacked for rejecting his sexual advances.

On Monday, a crowd of 200 in Detroit showed support for the congressman, who was hospitalized last week for stress related health issues.

The Michigan Democrat has faced calls to resign from various lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

As the furor grew in recent weeks, he stepped down as the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, and the Ethics Committee began looking into the allegations.

A third woman, Deanna Maher, said Conyers made three sexual advances toward her when she worked for him in his district office in Detroit from 1997 to 2005, CNN reported last week.

Republican congressman Joe Barton separately announced last week he would not seek re-election after a nude photograph of him taken while he was separated from his wife circulated online.

The retirement announcement comes one day after a rally was held in Detroit in support of Conyers to have due process in examining the sexual harassment claims against him rather than demanding his resignation. The committee's website lists Conyers still as a member.

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