Rush Statement on the Passing of U.S. Representative John Conyers
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the passing of his colleague, former U.S. Representative John Conyers:
“When I was first elected to Congress, then-Congressman John Conyers welcomed me with the loving attentiveness of an older, wiser brother. His compassion, conviction, commitment, and considerable wisdom were essential to my career in public service. His dedication to justice and the African American community was unparalleled and something we should all strive to achieve.
“I first met John in January of 1970, shortly after the Chicago Police assassinated my colleagues Fred Hampton and Mike Clark and wounded several members of the Black Panther Party — the same police would raid my home the very next morning, apparently planning to kill me also. In response to this, John, along with several members of the CBC, held a field hearing in Chicago to investigate this politically motivated malfeasance.
“In 1983, John would again come to my rescue when I was running for the Alderman of Chicago’s second ward. He supported my candidacy, while simultaneously campaigning for Harold Washington in the mayoral race. Thanks to John, we both won!
“We have all suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of John, and my prayers are with his wife, Monica, and his two sons, John III and Carl, during this difficult time.”