Rep. John Conyers, the 86-year-old Detroit Democrat who is Congress' current longest-serving member and the Dean of the House, declared his candidacy for a 27th consecutive term in the House of Representatives on Monday, saying he wants to continue pressing for employment opportunities and universal health-care coverage.

Conyers was first elected in 1964. He is the top-ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. He became Congress' longest-serving member when Michigan Rep. John Dingell retired at the end of 2014.

"Winning full employment, health care for all, and protection of the right to vote won't be easy, but I know the type of leadership that it will take to fight and win these battles," Conyers said.

- AP