Pelosi Statement on Passing of Chairman John Conyers, Jr.

October 27, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the passing of Chairman John Conyers, who upon his retirement was the longest-serving African American lawmaker in Congress:

“Today, the Detroit community and the U.S. Congress mourn the loss of a civil rights champion and public servant: Chairman John Conyers, the Dean of the House.

“Chairman Conyers’ life was lived in service to achieving true equality in America.  His leadership made a difference in the lives of countless Americans, as a Founding Member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and then as Chairman of the Oversight Committee and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.  His legislative leadership leaves a powerful legacy, from his work to protect the right to the ballot box, to ensure the right of every American to affordable health care, and to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday.

“May it be a comfort to Monica, their children John and Carl, and the entire Conyers family that so many mourn their loss and are praying for them during this sad time.”