Rep. John Conyers has retired from Congress amid sexual harassment allegations from numerous women.
The Congressman made the announcement Tuesday afternoon adding that he has endorsed his son, John Conyers III to run for his seat.
“I want you to know that my legacy will continue through my children. I have a great family here and especially in my oldest boy, John Conyers III, who incidentally I endorsed to replace me in my seat in Congress,” said Conyers on a local Michigan radio station Tuesday morning.
Shortly after the announcement, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, took to the House floor to read a statement from Conyers. She said he asked her to read his statement announcing his decision and that he’s notified House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder of his plans to step down.
“Given the totality of the circumstance of not being afforded the right of due process in conjunction with current health conditions, and to preserve my legacy and good name, I am retiring. I hope my retirement will be viewed in the larger perspective of my record of service as I enter a new chapter,” the statement from Conyers read.
Conyers’ lawyer confirmed that the retirement is effective immediately.