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Carl Levin (1934–2021), former longtime Michigan senator

by Kirk Fox

Carl Levin was a prominent Democratic U.S. senator from Michigan who served in the Senate for 36 years.

Michigan’s longest-serving senator

Carl Levin was the longest-serving senator in Michigan’s history when he retired from office in 2015. The Harvard law graduate and Detroit public defender was first elected to the Senate in 1978. The Democratic party member was known for his civil rights advocacy, support of tax reform, and defense of the auto manufacturing industry in his hometown of Detroit. He spent nine years as the chairman of the Armed Services Committee. His brother, Sander Levin, was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Notable quote

“As a former local official, I understood the importance of responding to people in need, listening to even the smallest voice, and working hard on behalf of the people with honesty, integrity, and civility.” – Levin wrote in his 2021 biography, “Getting to the Heart of the Matter”

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Tributes to Carl Levin

Full Obituary: Detroit Free Press

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