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"This too shall pass", said Conyers on a local MI radio station Tuesday morning.

Conyers told Mildred Gaddis he's confident in his legacy, despite multiple sexual harassment claims against him, and that his legacy will continue through his children.

Until Tuesday, Conyers held the distinction as the longest serving current member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Conyers, facing sexual misconduct allegations, has refused to step down even after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged the veteran Democrat from Detroit to do so.

"I am retiring today. 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.

He then endorsed his son as his replacement.

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Spokeswoman Anna Heaton says Snyder's office will look at a timetable for that process once it receives a letter of resignation that officially creates the vacancy.

According to a phone interview with The New York Times, the state senator was adamant that the elder Conyers was not resigning, but retiring instead. Right now he is the longest serving member in the House and helped found the Congressional Black Caucus.

"His doctor advised him that the rigor of another campaign would be too much for him just in terms of his health", Ian Conyers said.

Politicians and community leaders Monday demanded the end of the calls for Congressman John Conyers Jr.to resign amid accusations of sexual harassment by former staffers.

Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday after a almost 53-year career, becoming the first Capitol Hill politician to lose his job in the torrent of sexual misconduct allegations sweeping through the nation's workplaces.

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"This goes with the issue of politics".

On Monday, yet another allegation was lodged against Conyers, when a woman who said she worked for the congressman for more than a decade said he slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was sitting next to him in the front row of a church.

Conyers also complained that he was not being afforded due process to defend himself, and cited his health problems as another factor in his decision. "However, those things need to have their day in court". Another woman alleges she was sacked by Conyers after she rejected his advances and subsequently settled a wrongful dismissal claim with the congressman.

'It's very sad. The courageous women who came forward are owed justice, ' Pelosi continued at a Capitol press conference.

Conyers flew home to his district last week and checked into the hospital for what a family consultant said was stress.

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"There can be no tolerance for behavior that subjects women to the kind of conduct that has been alleged", said Jerrold Nadler, who replaced Conyers in his leadership role on the House Judiciary Committee. Joe Barton, R-Texas, Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, and Sen.

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