REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CONYERS JR.

(D-MI) Ranking Minority Member, House Committee on Judiciary Joined committee: 19971 Assumed leadership: 1997 Elected to Congress: 1964 Formed PAC: 2004 Rep. Conyers served as ranking member of the committee from 1997 to 2006 and served as chairman from 2007 to 2010. Over the past seven election cycles, as his seniority on the committee rose, contributions from judiciary industries to Rep. Conyers increased at a rate outpacing his total contributions. Campaign Contributions from the Judiciary Sector 1998 Election Cycle $21,250 $216,960 2010 Election Cycle $147,602 $1,340,120 % Change 595% 518%

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During the 2000 election cycle – the first election cycle after Rep. Conyers assumed a leadership position on the committee – contributions from judiciary industries increased by 210% over the previous cycle, from $21,250 to $65,850. Total contributions increased by 165% during the same time period, from $216,960 to $574,559. During the 2010 election cycle, judiciary industries accounted for 11% of the $1,340,120 in total contributions received by Rep. Conyers’ campaign committee and PAC. During the 1998 election cycle, judiciary industries accounted for 10% of the $216,960 in total contributions received by Rep. Conyers’ campaign committee.

Campaign Contribution highlights from industries regulated by the Committee2  The ‘Lawyers/Law Firms’ industry donated more than seven times more money to Rep. Conyers during the 2010 election cycle than during the 1998 election cycle, increasing its contributions from $20,250 to $147,602.

                                                            
CREW reviewed the online editions of the Congressional Directory from the U.S. Government Printing Offices available from the 105th Congress (1997-1998) through the 111th Congress (2009-2010). Therefore, the Congress member has been a member of the committee since at least 1997 and possibly earlier. 2 This section highlights committee industries that significantly increased their donations to the committee leader between the 1998 and 2010 election cycles.
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Votes on Judiciary Issues  From 2007-2008, Rep. Conyers voted on average 71% in agreement with the industries regulated by the Judiciary Committee. The average Democrat voted in agreement with the industry 71% of the time. From 2009-2010, Rep. Conyers voted on average 43% in agreement with the industries regulated by the Judiciary Committee. The average Democrat voted in agreement with the industry 54% of the time. Since January 2011, Rep. Conyers has voted on average 29% in agreement with the industries regulated by the Judiciary Committee. The average Democrat has voted in agreement with the industry 54% of the time.

   

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