Carl Levin

Carl Levin

Infobox Senator
name=Carl Levin

jr/sr=Senior Senator
term_start=January 15, 1979
alongside=Debbie Stabenow
preceded=Robert P. Griffin
order2=Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services
term_start2=January 4, 2007
preceded2=John Warner
term_start3=June 6, 2001
term_end3=January 3, 2003
preceded3=John Warner
succeeded3=John Warner
term_start4=January 3
term_end4=January 20, 2001
preceded4=John Warner
succeeded4=John Warner
date of birth=birth date and age|1934|06|28
place of birth=Detroit, Michigan
date of death=
residence= Detroit, Michigan
spouse=Barbara Halpern-Levin
children=Kate Levin
Laura Levin
Erica Levin
alma_mater=Swarthmore College
Harvard Law School
website= [ Carl Levin]

Carl Milton Levin (born June 28, 1934) is a Democratic United States Senator from Michigan and is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. He has been in the Senate since 1979 and Michigan's senior senator since 1995. He is the longest-serving US Senator ever to represent Michigan. Levin is currently running for a 6th term in the Senate.


Levin was born in Detroit to Jewish parents Bess Levinson and Saul R. Levin. [ [ 1 ] ] He attended Detroit public schools and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1956 and from Harvard Law School in 1959. Soon after earning his law degree, he was admitted to the Michigan bar and opened a practice in Detroit, where he still lives. He received honorary degrees from Michigan State University in 2004 and Wayne State University in 2005.

He was state assistant attorney general and general counsel for the Michigan civil rights commission from 1964-67. He was special assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan and chief appellate defender for the city of Detroit from 1968-69. He was a member of the Detroit City Council 1969-77, the last four years as council president.

United States Senate

Committee Assignments

* Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
* Committee on Armed Services (Chairman)
** Subcommittee on Airland (Ex-Officio)
** Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities (Ex-Officio)
** Subcommittee on Personnel (Ex-Officio)
** Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support (Ex-Officio)
** Subcommittee on SeaPower (Ex-Officio)
** Subcommittee on Strategic Forces (Ex-Officio)
* Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
**Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (Chairman)
**Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security
**Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia


He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978, defeating Senate Minority Whip Robert P. Griffin.

Levin faced a tough reelection bid in 1984 against former astronaut Jack R. Lousma, winning by only four points. However, he routed Congressman Bill Schuette in 1990, and was reelected in 1996 and 2002 against only nominal Republican opposition. In 2002, Levin garnered 61% of the vote against Republican Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski despite the then-high popularity of President George W. Bush and the GOP and a close gubernatorial race that year.

2008 re-election campaign

On December 4, 2006, Levin announced that he will run for a sixth term in the 2008 election. [] Republican Jack Hoogendyk [] is running against him and both were unopposed in their party primaries.

Electoral history

2002 Michigan United States Senatorial Election

1984 Michigan United States Senatorial Election

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