Conyers submits official letter of resignation

Conyers submits official letter of resignation
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Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersAbortion-rights group endorses Nadler in race to replace Conyers on Judiciary Democrats turn on Al Franken Michigan state senator to run for Congress 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 RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Abortion-rights group endorses Nadler in race to replace Conyers on Judiciary Trump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting MORE (D-Calif.).

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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.