"I have just learned about the inappropriate use of a congressional vehicle by my son over the Thanksgiving holiday," Conyers said in a statement Tuesday. "I am sorry it happened and will make sure that it does not happen again."
Family members are allowed to drive the cars, but only when shuttling representatives to official business, said Kyle Anderson, a spokesman for the House's administrative committee.
The younger Conyers could not be reached for comment. A man who answered the phone at his Detroit home said Conyers wouldn't have any comment.
John Conyers III, 20, had worked in a $15-an-hour part-time job for his mother, Monica Conyers, a Detroit city councilwoman, before she pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges.
Controversy Isn't First Time In Spotlight For U.S. Rep. John Conyers' Son
As the namesake son of a political icon, John Conyers III is no stranger to the spotlight, but much of it has been shining a harsh glare on his parents.
On Tuesday, Conyers' father, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said in a statement that his son used his government-provided vehicle without permission. He pledged to "make restitution to the treasury for any nonofficial use."
The younger Conyers could not be reached for comment. Staffers in the Detroit lawmaker's congressional office wouldn't answer other questions -- such as how John III got the keys -- beyond releasing the statement.
The statement came after reports that his son filed a police report after someone broke into the Cadillac Escalade late Nov. 24 and stole two computers and 1,000 tickets to a hip-hop concert that he was helping to promote.
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