Governor to call election to fill Conyers' seat

File - In this April 4, 2011 file photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi says Conyers, facing sexual misconduct allegations, should resign. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will call a special election to fill out John Conyers' term in the U.S. House after the lawmaker retired amid sexual harassment allegations by former staff members.

RELATED LINK: Longtime Rep. John Conyers says he is retiring

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.

She says the Republican governor has wide discretion as to the timing of the special election.

The 88-year-old Conyers also submitted his decision to retire in a one-sentence letter Tuesday to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi and Ryan had called for Conyers to resign.

Conyers on Tuesday endorsed his son, John Conyers III, for the seat. Michigan state Sen. Ian Conyers, a grandson of John Conyers' brother, also says he plans to run.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off