WASHINGTON — Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) announced Tuesday that he will retire “today” in the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations.
“I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the support, the incredible, undiminished support I’ve received across the years,” Conyers said in a call to a local radio show from a Michigan hospital. “Not only in my district, but across the country as well.”
Conyers, who said he will start organizing his retirement plans shortly, endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him.
According to the New York Times, Conyers’ great-nephew, Ian Conyers, a Michigan state senator, also is planning on running for the seat.
The 88-year-old lawmaker has acknowledged a $27,000 settlement in a sexual harassment case against a former staffer, but has denied the substance of the allegations against him.
Three former staffers have come forward accusing Conyers of sexual harassment as of Tuesday while an additional former staffer has said that the Congressman used abusive language and summoned her to his office while he was in his underwear.
Conyers, who has served in the House since 1965, is the longest-serving current member of Congress.