Rep. John Conyers (Dem.) of Michigan’s 13th Congressional District is currently the second longest-serving member of the House Of Representatives, first elected to office in 1965 and winning reelection 24 times since. But the end of the road for the 84 year-old may be near. THE DETROIT FREE PRESS reports on his situation, falling short of the 1,000 petition signatures required to be on the ballot for the August Democrat primary. He had turned in 2,000 signatures on April 28, but after two reviews the number of legitimate signatures was 1,236. Still above the threshold for making the ballot. Now after further review another 644 signatures were ruled invalid leaving him with only 592 valid signatures.
He still has options including waging a write-in campaign. The final report is due to be released on Tuesday and the Conyers legal team is expected to challenge.
Rep. Conyers is one of the 13 founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the National Journal ranks him as one of the most liberal members of Congress.