Conyers submits official letter of resignation

Conyers submits official letter of resignation
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Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersMet opera fires conductor after sexual misconduct probe Keith Ellison calls for Dems to support medicare for all Overnight Health Care: Conservatives brace for ObamaCare payments in funding bill | FDA chief blames 'rigged' system for drug costs | Ellison replaces Conyers on Dem single-payer bill MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) on Tuesday submitted his official letter of resignation to House leaders.

"I have made the decision to retire from my position as the Member of the United House of Representatives from Michigan's Thirteenth Congressional District effective today," Conyers wrote in the letter, addressed to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSpending deal talks down to toughest issues, lawmakers say Schiff: I thought more Republicans would speak out against Trump Dem leaders pull back from hard-line immigration demand MORE (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiFeehery: March Madness Without ranked voting, Pennsylvania's slim margins hide voters' preferences Dem leaders pull back from hard-line immigration demand MORE (D-Calif.).

Speaking to a local radio station earlier Tuesday, Conyers announced his plans to step down from Congress amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment.

During the interview, he was defiant in both maintaining his innocence and defending a legacy he insisted "can't be compromised or diminished."

“This too shall pass,” Conyers told radio host Mildred Gaddis.

“And I want you to know that my legacy will continue through my children.” 

Conyers endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him, setting up a potential Conyers family showdown for the seat. The lawmaker's great-nephew, Ian Conyers, told The New York Times recently that he also plans to enter the race. 

Multiple women have accused Conyers of sexual misconduct and both Pelosi and Ryan had previously called for Conyers to step down.