PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE HONORABLE JOHN CONYERS

October 28, 2019
Floor Statements

Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman for holding this Special Order and recognizing the legacy of Congressman John Conyers. I want to join those who are honoring his legacy.

He served in Congress longer than any other African American. He represented Michigan and the Nation for over 50 years. He was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and he served as dean of the House.

He was a giant in civil rights. He often bragged about being the only candidate for elective office ever endorsed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Also, for many years Rosa Parks worked in his Detroit district office.

As a legislator, he was a true champion of civil rights and leaves behind a legacy of fighting for transformative change that continues today. His five decades of service in Congress are marked by a core fundamental belief in equity and jutice for all.

For many years, I worked with Congressman Conyers on the Judiciary Committee, and most recently, we worked together to address segregation in our public schools. We also fought together for equity in education, as well as criminal justice reform, voting rights, and breaking down barriers to employment.

I want to send my condolences to his family, his loved ones, the entire Detroit community, and all who are mourning the loss of a lifelong champion for a better America.