District 13: U.S. Rep. John Conyers defeats Jeff Gorman

Melissa Nann Burke and Keith Laing
Detroit News Washington Bureau

U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. will remain the longest-serving member of Congress after pulling off another re-election victory in Michigan’s 13th District on Tuesday.

Rep. John Conyers

The race between the 87-year-old Detroit Democrat and his Republican challenger Jeff Gorman was called by the Associated Press on Tuesday with Conyers leading by a margin of 81 to 11 percent.

Gorman, 60, is a retired commercial airline pilot and Naval aviator from Garden City whose platform called for downsizing and simplifying the federal government.

The district includes western Detroit, River Rouge, Ecorse, Redford Township, Dearborn Heights, Highland Park, Westland, Garden City, Inkster, Wayne and Romulus.

In the August primary, Conyers defeated Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey 61 percent to 39 percent.

Conyers is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, and one of the 13 founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus, which was formed in 1969.