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Levin said on August 30, 2013, that any potential military intervention in Syria should come after the completion of U.N. inspections and that the effort would be blunted without the support of a "large number of nations."<ref name="syria">[http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/levin-syria-intervention-would-suffer-without-support-of ''Talking Points Memo,'' "Levin: Syria Intervention Would Suffer Without Support Of ‘Large Number Of Nations’," accessed September 2, 2012]</ref>
 
Levin said on August 30, 2013, that any potential military intervention in Syria should come after the completion of U.N. inspections and that the effort would be blunted without the support of a "large number of nations."<ref name="syria">[http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/levin-syria-intervention-would-suffer-without-support-of ''Talking Points Memo,'' "Levin: Syria Intervention Would Suffer Without Support Of ‘Large Number Of Nations’," accessed September 2, 2012]</ref>
  

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Carl Levin
Carl Levin.jpg
U.S. Senate, Michigan
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1979-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 35
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRobert P. Griffin (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 7, 1978
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,276,484
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSwarthmore College
J.D.Harvard Law School
Personal
BirthdayJune 28, 1934
Place of birthDetroit, MI
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$1,652,205
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Carl Milton Levin (b. June 28, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Michigan. Levin was first elected to the Senate in 1978.

Levin most recently won re-election in 2008. He defeated Jack Hoogendyk, Jr. (R), Scotty Boman (L), Harley G. Mikkelson (G), Michael N. Nikitin (U.S. Taxpayers Party) and Doug Dern (Natural Law) in the general election.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Levin served on the Detroit City Council from 1969 to 1977. From 1974 to 1977 he served as its President.

On March 7, 2013, Levin announced that he will retire rather than seek re-election in 2014.[1][2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Levin is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Levin was born in 1934 in Detroit, MI, where he also attended high school. He earned his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1956 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1959. Levin has also worked as an attorney.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Levin's professional and political career[3]:

  • Assistant Attorney General and General Counsel for the Michigan Civil Rights Commission 1964-1967
  • Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan and Chief Appellate Defender for the City of Detroit 1968-1969
  • Member, Detroit City Council 1969-1973
  • President, Detroit City Council 1974-1977
  • U.S. Senate, 1979-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Levin serves on the following Senate committees[4]:

2011-2012

Levin served on the following Senate committees[5]:

Issues

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Levin said on August 30, 2013, that any potential military intervention in Syria should come after the completion of U.N. inspections and that the effort would be blunted without the support of a "large number of nations."[6]

“I again expressed my view that the United States should not undertake a kinetic strike before the U.N. inspectors complete their work, and that the impact of such a strike would be weakened if it does not have the participation and support of a large number of nations, including Arab nations," Levin said in a statement. "I also urged the Administration to send a powerful message to the Assad regime by immediately getting lethal aid to vetted elements of the Syrian opposition. Doing so can change the balance militarily and also contribute to a political solution in Syria.”[6]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Levin voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Michigan, 2014

On March 7, 2013, Levin announced his plans to retire rather than seek re-election in 2014.[1]


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Levin is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Levin raised a total of $5,276,484 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 24, 2013.[14]

Carl Levin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2002 U.S. Senate (Michigan) Won $5,276,484
Grand Total Raised $5,276,484

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Levin’s reports.[15]

Carl Levin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2013$232,805.55$2,534.71$(45,245.23)$190,095.03
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$190,095.03$36.73$(44,035.47)$146,096.29
Running totals
$2,571.44$(89,280.7)

2008

Breakdown of the source of Levin's campaign funds before the 2008 election.

Levin won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Levin's campaign committee raised a total of $8,632,073 and spent $6,732,980.[18]


Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Levin is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[19]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[20]

Levin most often votes with:

Levin least often votes with:


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Levin missed 152 of 12,209 roll call votes from Feb 1979 to Apr 2013, which is 1.2% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[21]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Levin paid his congressional staff a total of $3,212,530 in 2011. He ranked 7th on the list of the highest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 9th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Michigan ranked 6th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[22]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Levin's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,375,210 and $1,929,200. This averages to $1,652,205, which is a -0.025% increase since 2010. This is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011 of $20,795,450.[23]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Levin's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,029,016 and $2,360,000. That averages to $1,694,508, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[24]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Levin was ranked the 49th most liberal senator during 2012.[25]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Carl Levin was ranked the 49th most liberal senator during 2011.[26]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Levin has voted with the Democratic Party 95.7% of the time, which ranked 17th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[27]

Personal

Levin has been married to his wife Barbara (nee Halpern) since 1961. They have three daughters and six grandchildren.[28]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Washington Post.com Sen. Carl Levin "(D-Mich.) won’t seek reelection in 2014" March 8, 2013
  2. Politico.com "Michigan Sen. Carl Levin to retire" March 7, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Carl Levin," Accessed October 29, 2011
  4. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  5. U.S. Senate Official Website "Commmittee Assignments," Accessed October 29, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 Talking Points Memo, "Levin: Syria Intervention Would Suffer Without Support Of ‘Large Number Of Nations’," accessed September 2, 2012
  7. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1978," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Donor history for Carl Levin" April 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission "Carl Levin Summary Report," Accessed August 3, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission "Carl Levin April Quarterly," Accessed August 3, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "Carl Levin July Quarterly," Accessed August 3, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Carl Levin 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed October 29, 2011
  19. Gov Track "Carl Levin," Accessed June 7, 2013
  20. [http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/300066_Carl_Levin OpenCongress, "Carl Levin," Accessed August 8, 2013]
  21. GovTrack, "Carl Levin" Accessed April 2013
  22. LegiStorm "Carl Levin"
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Levin, (D-Michigan), 2010"
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Levin, (D-Michigan), 2010"
  25. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  26. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  28. Official Site "About," Accessed October 29, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert P. Griffin
U.S. Senate - Michigan
1979-Present
Succeeded by
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