On December 5, news sources are reporting that Congressman John Conyers will resign on December 5. He represents the 13th U.S. House district in Michigan. In 1985, 1987, and 1989, he introduced bills to outlaw restrictive ballot access laws in federal elections. The bills were HR 2320 in 1985; and HB 1582 in both 1987 and 1989. However, the bills never passed, and Conyers never again introduced the bill. Instead, Congressman Tim Penny and then Congressman Ron Paul introduced it in future years.
In 1998, when the ballot access bill introduced by Ron Paul, HR 3526, actually got a vote on the House floor, Conyers voted “no.” It lost 62-363.
UPDATE: this article has Conyers’ retirement letter. It is effective December 5, 2017.