Last updated on: 2/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

John Conyers, Jr., JD Biography

Title:
Former Member of the US House of Representatives (D-MI)
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

Co-sponsor of The Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act of 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, US House of Representatives (D-MI), 1964-2017
  • Former Chairman, House Committee on the Judiciary
  • Executive Board Member, American Civil Liberties Union, Detroit, 1964-unknown
  • Executive Board Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Detroit, 1963-unknown
  • Chairman, House Committee on Government Operations (renamed House Committee on Government Reform), 1989-1994
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference Award (presented to him by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  • Co-Founder, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) (one of 13 founding members), 1964
  • General Counsel for three labor locals in Detroit, 1959-1964
  • Staff, US Representative John D. Dingell, Jr., 1958-1961
  • Served in the US Army Corps of Engineers, 1950-1954
  • Served in the US National Guard, 1948-1950
Education:
  • JD, Wayne State University, 1958
  • BA, Wayne State University, 1957
Other:
  • Major Congressional accomplishments include: the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, the Motor Voter Bill of 1993, the Martin Luther King Holiday Act of 1983, the Alcohol Warning Label Act of 1988, and the Jazz Preservation Act of 1987
  • Twitter handle: @repjohnconyers
Quoted in:
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