Democratic lawmakers, 2020 candidates pay tribute to Conyers

Democratic lawmakers, 2020 candidates pay tribute to Conyers
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Democrats on Capitol Hill and the 2020 campaign trail on Sunday expressed their sympathy over the death of former Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems release first transcripts from impeachment probe witnesses Hispanic Caucus dedicates Day of the Dead altar to migrants who died in US custody Today On Rising: The media beclowns themselves on Baghdadi MORE (D-Mich.), one of the U.S.'s longest-serving black lawmakers.

Conyers's fellow Democrats remembered the lawmaker in statements as a fighter for progressive causes such as single-payer healthcare and civil rights, pointing to his involvement in a congressional resolution apologizing for America's role in the slave trade among other legislation.

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"Saddened to hear of the passing of Congressman John Conyers," tweeted Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules House revives agenda after impeachment storm Steyer calls for cuts to defense spending MORE (D-Calif.), former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. "He was a tireless advocate for racial and economic justice for more than 50 years. As a CBC co-founder, he focused the nation's attention on inequality and so many overlooked issues. My heart is with his family today."

"Rep.John Conyers had an historic and principled 53 years of service," added Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira Cohen2019 in Photos: 35 pictures in politics Gabbard under fire for 'present' vote on impeachment Gabbard votes 'present' on impeaching Trump MORE (D-Tenn.), who also served in Congress with Conyers. "He passed the MLK holiday after a 15 year campaign.He hired Rosa Parks.The Congressional apology for slavery and Jim Crow would not have occurred without his support. He was kind to all and a mentor to me."

"Our Congressman forever, John Conyers, Jr.," tweeted Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Democrats press Trump administration to stop DNA collection from detained migrants Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive MORE (D-Mich.), who hails from the same state Conyers once represented. "He never once wavered in fighting for jobs, justice and peace. We always knew where he stood on issues of equality and civil rights in the fight for the people. Thank you Congressman Conyers for fighting for us for over 50 years."

"John Conyers was a civil rights champion who served Michigan and the people of Detroit for decades. He began his career working for John DingellJohn DingellTrump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up' Change with minimal risk: Trump's Jimmy Carter problem 10 controversies that rocked the Trump White House in 2019 MORE, before running for Congress himself and they both believed in justice and equality for all," tweeted another Michigan congresswoman, Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellMaking waves to protect America's waters Trump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up' 10 controversies that rocked the Trump White House in 2019 MORE (D).

Candidates in the 2020 Democratic Party primary also sounded off on their support for Conyers' legacy, including Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCalifornia Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat Steyer spokesperson: 'I don't think necessarily that Tom has bought anything' Biden wins endorsement of Sacramento mayor MORE (D-Calif.) who vowed to "carry on his fight."

"For over 50 years, Congressional Black Caucus Co-Founder John Conyers Jr., reminded us to fight for jobs, justice, and peace and ensured we never forget Martin Luther King Jr.'s sacrifice," she tweeted. "My prayers are with his family today."

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE (I-Vt.) addressed Conyers' death at his campaign rally in Detroit alongside Tlaib Sunday afternoon, referring to Conyers as his "friend" and a "champion of civil rights."