Nadler, Lofgren Call for Ethics Look as Conyers Could Be Headed for...

Nadler, Lofgren Call for Ethics Look as Conyers Could Be Headed for Ranking Membership Battle


Nadler, Lofgren Call for Ethics Look and Conyers Could Be Headed for Ranking Membership Battle. The morning after learning via a report in Buzzfeed that Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), who is the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, was involved in a sexual harassment complaint and settlement, two members on the House Judiciary issued statements.

They were: Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). Both Nadler and Lofgren sit in the second and third slots behind Conyers.

“The allegations against Ranking Member Conyers are extremely serious and deeply troubling. Obviously, these allegations must be investigated promptly by the Ethics Committee. There can be no tolerance for behavior that subjects women to the kind of conduct alleged. We also must support efforts to reform the way the House of Representatives handles these matters to make the process easier and more supportive of victims, as well as more transparent,” wrote Rep. Nadler in a statement.

He would likely be the favorite for a Ranking Member position if Conyers was replaced or stepped down.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke