Ian ConyersIan Conyers
Ian Conyers is committed to creating opportunities for Detroit, Allen Park, Southgate and Lincoln Park families to succeed. As the Senator for the 4th District, his team will focus daily on providing solutions for this thriving region of Michigan.
Having served in local and national capacities, and in both the small business arena and by public appointment, Conyers is humbled at the opportunity to lead.
As an alumnus of President Barack Obama’s Organizing for America and a former ‘Major City’ Constituent Services Deputy Director, Conyers knows the value of embracing a community-first approach to problem solving. He also knows the value of fiscal responsibility from his experience of having served as Treasurer of the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization after the Obama campaign wrapped.
When he worked as the Small and Disadvantaged Business Director of The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative — one of the nation’s largest redevelopment projects valued at more than $1 billion — Conyers was able to provide more than 32 percent of spending to veteran-, women- and minority-owned businesses by providing innovative programs. He knows that the 4th District has both the talent and hard-working optimism they need to succeed.
Conyers’ great-grandfather, John Conyers Sr., arrived in the City of Detroit during the early 1920s as a teenager from rural Georgia, where shortly after he met his wife, Lucille, from Mississippi. They put down roots and started a family, and together went on to raise four boys — John Conyers Jr., Nathan, Carl and William Conyers — the latter of whom is Conyers’ grandfather.
As one of the first African-Americans hired by the UAW in 1940, John Sr. instilled in the family that the way to the American dream is through steady work and pursuit of goals, and his children not only listened, but took those words to heart. Conyers’ great-uncle, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D–Detroit), was elected to Congress, and his siblings went on to break barriers in business, law and education.
Conyers still believes that the American Dream is possible for every family, and he will work hard every day to provide quality ladders of opportunity for residents of the 4th District.
His grandmother, who served as a Detroit Public Schools teacher until her retirement, taught him to ‘Do Good’ — and that is what he and his staff will reach for in building jobs, protecting neighborhoods and developing community across the district.
Raised in Detroit, Conyers is a graduate of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. He is also a graduate of Georgetown University, from which he holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning, and a bachelor’s degree in government.
Conyers is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi, and is ready to serve the great people of the 4th District.