Bending to the sexual harassment allegations that have dogged him for the past week, Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit), originally coming to office in 1964, announced that he will not seek re-election next year. The development means that 38 seats will come open in the next election, including the PA-18 vacant seat that heads to special election on March 13th. Michigan’s 13th District is safely Democratic, so the August 7th partisan primary will determine Mr. Conyers’ successor. The Congressman will retire as the Dean of the House, and is the last member of either chamber who was originally elected in the 1960s. He entered the House on the same night when Lyndon Johnson won his full term as President, just one year after John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
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