The House's longest-serving member, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), announced that he would retire Tuesday following reports that he inappropriately touched female staffers and that he used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment and wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015. Conyers, 88, endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him. Conyers has denied all allegations and when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on him to resign last week, his lawyer fired back that she "did not elect the congressman and she sure as hell won't tell the congressman to leave." House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) accepted Conyers' resignation Tuesday afternoon.
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