Conyers says he will run again in 2012
Congressman John Conyers says he is ready to run for re-election in 2012. The 81-year-old, 24-term Congressman acknowledged the plan for re-election in an interview with the Detroit News.
Conyers is the longest serving African-American in Congress, and is second only to Michigan Democratic Congressman John Dingell in being the longest serving member of Congress.
But a plan to run for re-election in 2012 has complications, the News reports. For starters, Republican lawmakers have to draw redistricting plans that eliminate one seat in Congress. Chances are, they are not going to eliminate a Republican seat — which means they will target a Democratic seat. This means Conyers’ district could be expanded to include some Detroit suburbs.
That could make things more difficult for Conyers, whose wife is currently serving federal prison time on corruption charges stemming from her time on the Detroit City Council. MLive.com does a fairly good job of laying out the uphill battle Conyers could have in seeking a 25th term in Congress in the event lawmakers expand his district into the suburbs.