Obama called Conyers “a tireless champion for all of southeastern Michigan’s working families, especially the many struggling to get by,” in a statement released by Conyers’s campaign. “That is why we need his dedicated efforts back in Congress to continue the fight with me to bring real jobs to the greater Metro Detroit area and our nation. I need you to cast your vote for Congressman John Conyers, Jr. in the August Democratic Congressional Primary.”

Conyers is running in the newly redrawn Michigan 13th district, which contains much of the territory he previously represented in the 14th district.

"I am extremely humbled by President Obama's endorsement," Conyers said in a statement. "After a campaign focused on economic development and job creation, my first task back in Congress will be to work with the President and other members of Congress to get our economy back on the right track."