John Conyers

Born: 5/16/1929
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

A lawyer and former assistant to Rep. John Dingell, Conyers was first elected to Congress in 1964. He was the first black to chair the House Judiciary Committee. He was the ranking Democrat on the committee when the Republicans controlled Congress from 1995–2006 and returned to the chairman's position after the 2006 election restored Democratic control.

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