About Senator Conyers
I am committed to creating opportunities for Detroit, Allen Park, Southgate and Lincoln Park families to succeed! As the Senator for the 4th District, our team will focus daily on providing solutions for this thriving region of Michigan.
Having served in local and national capacities, and in both the small business arena and by public appointment, I am humbled at the opportunity to lead.
As an alumnus of President Barack Obama’s Organizing for America and a former ‘Major City’ Constituent Services Deputy Director, I know the value of embracing a community-first approach to problem solving. I also know the value of fiscal responsibility from my experience of having served as Treasurer of the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization after the Obama campaign wrapped.
When I worked as the Small and Disadvantaged Business Director of The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative — one of the nation’s largest redevelopment projects valued at more than $1 billion — I was able to provide more than 32 percent of spending to veteran-, women- and minority-owned businesses by providing innovative programs. I know that our 4th District has both the talent and hard-working optimism that we need to succeed.
My great-grandfather, John Conyers Sr., arrived in the City of Detroit during the early 1920s as a teenager from rural Georgia, where shortly after he met his wife, Lucille, from Mississippi. They put down roots and started a family, and together went on to raise four boys — John Conyers Jr., Nathan, Carl and William Conyers — the latter of whom is my grandfather.
As one of the first African-Americans hired by the UAW in 1940, John Sr. instilled in our family that the way to the American dream is through steady work and pursuit of goals, and his children not only listened, but took those words to heart. My great-uncle, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D–Detroit), was elected to Congress, and his siblings went on to break barriers in business, law and education.
I still believe that the American Dream is possible for every family, and I will work hard every day to provide quality ladders of opportunity for residents of the 4th District.
My grandmother, who served as a Detroit Public Schools teacher until her retirement, taught me to ‘Do Good’ — and that is what we will reach for in building jobs, protecting neighborhoods and developing community across the district.
Raised in Detroit, I’m a graduate of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. I’m also a graduate of Georgetown University, from which I hold a master’s degree in urban and regional planning, and a bachelor’s degree in government.
I’m also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi, and am ready to serve the great people of the 4th District.