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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, Michigan, 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

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Levin's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

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."[8]

“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.”[8]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Levin voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[9]

Economy

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Levin voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[10]

Immigration

Completion of fence along Mexico border

Voted "No" Levin voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[11]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Levin voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[12]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[13]

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.[20]

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.[21]

Carl Levin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2013$232,805.55$2,534.71$(45,245.23)$190,095.03
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2013$190,095.03$36.73$(44,035.47)$146,096.29
October Quarterly[24]October 15, 2013$146,096.29$74.64$(12,196.97)$133,973.96
Running totals
$2,646.08$(101,477.67)

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.[25]


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.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

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% decrease since 2010. This is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011 of $20,795,450.[30]

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.[31]

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

Levin ranked 49th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[32]

2011

Levin ranked 49th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[33]

Voting with party

2013

Levin voted with the Democratic Party 95.7% of the time, which ranked 17th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[34]

Personal

Levin has been married to his wife Barbara (nee Halpern) since 1961. They have three daughters and six grandchildren.[35]

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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Talking Points Memo, "Levin: Syria Intervention Would Suffer Without Support Of ‘Large Number Of Nations’," accessed September 2, 2012
  9. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  13. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1978," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Donor history for Carl Levin" April 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission "Carl Levin Summary Report," Accessed August 3, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Carl Levin April Quarterly," Accessed August 3, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "Carl Levin July Quarterly," Accessed August 3, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "Carl Levin October Quarterly," Accessed October 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Carl Levin 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed October 29, 2011
  26. Gov Track "Carl Levin," Accessed June 7, 2013
  27. [http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/300066_Carl_Levin OpenCongress, "Carl Levin," Accessed August 8, 2013]
  28. GovTrack, "Carl Levin" Accessed April 2013
  29. LegiStorm "Carl Levin"
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Levin, (D-Michigan), 2010"
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Levin, (D-Michigan), 2010"
  32. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  33. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  34. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  35. 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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