Longest Serving Member Of House John Conyers Will Leave Congress Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

The longest-serving current member of the House is leaving amid sexual harassment allegations. As The New York Times reports, Representative John Conyers Jr., of Michigan, faces allegations that he sexually harassed former employees. He has announced that he is leaving Congress immediately and wants his son to replace him.

“I am retiring today,” the 88-year-old said. “I am in the process of putting together my retirement plans. I will have more on that soon.”

He maintains that his legacy, as the longest-serving African American in the history of Congress, will not be tarnished. “My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we are going through now,” he said. “This too shall pass. My legacy will continue through my children.”

Several former female staffers have come out accusing Conyers of harassment over the past decades, including unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate touching. He has denied those allegations.