A founding member of the Black Caucus Congress, Connors was known for pushing a number of liberal causes, especially from his perch on the Judiciary Committee. At one time he was chairman of the group.
The Michigan Democrat faces an investigation by the House Ethics Committee on multiple charges that he sexually harassed women who worked with him when he told a radio show in the Detroit area that he was leaving his seat in Congress.
"My legacy cannot be compromised or diminished in any way by what we are experiencing now," he said during a Mildred Gadis radio show. "And it will pass."
Ans. Rashida Tleib, who now represents the Conyers area, tweeted on Sunday that he "never wavered in the fight for work, justice and peace"
"We always knew where equality and civil rights stood in the fight for equality people, ”she said. "Thank you to Congressman Conyers for fighting for more than 50 years."
This story has been updated.