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Sandy Levin
Sander Levin.JPG
U.S. House, Michigan, District 9
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1983-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 31
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorWilliam Brodhead (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 1982
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan State Senate
1965-1970
Education
High schoolCentral High School, Detroit, MI
Bachelor'sUniversity of Chicago
Master'sColumbia University
J.D.Harvard University
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 6, 1931
Place of birthDetroit, MI
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$2,128,403
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Sander M. "Sandy" Levin (b. September 6, 1931) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 9th congressional district. Levin was first elected to the House in 1982. He won re-election to the 9th congressional district seat in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Levin is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[1]

Biography

Levin was born in 1931 in Detroit, MI. After graduating from the University of Chicago in 1952, Levin went on to earn his M.A. from Columbia University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1954 and 1957, respectively. Prior to his political career, Levin worked as an attorney.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Levin's professional and political career[2]:

  • Michigan State Senate, 1965-1970
  • Assistant Administrator, Agency for International Development, 1977-1981
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan, 2009-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Levin serves on the following committees:[3]

Joint Committee on Taxation

2011-2012

Levin served on the following House committees[4]:

Issues

IRS targeting

On May 10, 2013, news broke that various branches of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had specifically targeted conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status. This began during the tea party surge in 2010. The agency was separating tax-exempt applications by searching for political terms such as "tea party" and "patriot." In June 2011, an IRS official was briefed on these transgressions and asked that this practice end. The flagging continued, however, when the criteria was changed in January 2012 to look out for groups educating on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.[5]

The targeting included allegations that tea party groups were forced to provide information not asked of other tax exempt groups. Examples of this included requests for donor information, Facebook posts, resumes and political intentions of group officials and connections to other groups.[6][7]

On May 16, IRS Commissioner Steven Miller announced his resignation. He still testified at the hearings the next day.[8]

As a result of this scandal, Republicans and many Democratic members of Congress, including Levin, publicly called for a deeper investigation into these matters. The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on May 17 during which it was disclosed that the Obama administration was made aware of the targeting on June 4, 2012.[9]

On May 20, Senators Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch sent a written inquiry regarding the process for how the agency reviewed applications for tax exempt status. The letter also requested any correspondence between White House officials and the IRS mentioning 501(c) organizations.[10]

During the May 22 House committee hearing on the issue, Lois Lerner, head of the IRS tax-exempt organizations office, declined to answer questions citing her Fifth Amendment right.[11] The next day, May 23, Lerner was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after Senators John McCain and Carl Levin called on IRS officials to place her on suspension.[12] Lerner retired on September 23, 2013.[13]

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. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[14]

Campaign themes

2012

  • Energy

Excerpt: "Energy is the lifeblood of our economy. It powers our homes, industries, vehicles, and everything from the iPods in our pockets to the backyard grill. We need a balanced energy plan that plays to our nation’s – and Michigan’s – strengths."[15]

  • Environment

Excerpt: "Michigan is surrounded by the largest system of fresh water on Earth. The Great Lakes hold a full 95 percent of the fresh surface water in the United States. The Lakes literally define Michigan. They are a priceless and irreplaceable natural resource."[16]

  • Economy

Excerpt: "Our state is going through some tough times but we are fighting back. We pulled together and saved the auto industry in the last year. Now we are re-tooling the plants, investing in advanced technologies and preparing to build the cars of the future."[17]

  • Health Care

Excerpt: "Our country took an important step toward affordable health care for all Americans with the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The legislation reforms health care by protecting Americans from the worst insurance industry practices and offering the uninsured and small businesses the opportunity to obtain affordable health care plans, all while reducing the deficit by more than a trillion dollars over the next twenty years."[18]

Elections

2012

See also: Michigan's 9th congressional district elections, 2012

Levin won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Michigan's 9th District. He ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary. He defeated Don Volaric (R), Jim Fulner (L), Julia Williams (G), and Les Townsend (UST) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[19]

U.S. House, Michigan District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSander Levin Incumbent 61.9% 208,846
     Republican Don Volaric 34% 114,760
     Libertarian Jim Fulner 1.8% 6,100
     Green Julia Williams 1.4% 4,708
     UST Les Townsend 0.9% 2,902
Total Votes 337,316
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Endorsements

Levin was endorsed by Macomb County's six countywide elected officials.[20]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Levin is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Levin raised a total of $8,634,680 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[36]

Sandy Levin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Michigan, District 9) Won $1,836,756
2010 US House (Michigan, District 12) Won $2,345,155
2008 US House (Michigan, District 12) Won $725,438
2006 US House (Michigan, District 12) Won $626,413
2004 US House (Michigan, District 12) Won $980,157
2002 US House (Michigan, District 12) Won $941,800
2000 US House (Michigan, District 12) Won $1,178,961
Grand Total Raised $8,634,680

2012

Breakdown of funds according to source.

Levin won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Levin's campaign committee raised a total of $1,836,756 and spent $1,836,756.[37]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Levin's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Levin won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Levin's campaign committee raised a total of $2,345,155 and spent $2,392,309.[38]

U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 12th Congressional District, 2010 - Sandy Levin Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,345,155
Total Spent $2,392,309
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $62,174
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $57,383
Top contributors to Sandy Levin's campaign committee
Ford Motor Co$20,600
Dow Lohnes PLLC$17,680
Comcast Corp$15,400
Toll Brothers Inc$13,100
DTE Energy$12,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$173,738
Insurance$158,960
Health Professionals$158,100
Lobbyists$128,800
Real Estate$96,950

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Levin missed 185 of 18,088 roll call votes from Jan 1983 to Mar 2013, which is 1.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[39]

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 $1,164,571 in 2011. He ranked 22nd on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 26th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Michigan ranked 13th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[40]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Levin's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,103,904 and $2,152,902. This averages to $2,128,403, which is a 0.1526% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[41]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Levin's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,497,127 and $2,196,122. That averages to $1,846,624.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[42]

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, as compared to other members in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Levin was ranked the 100th most liberal representative during 2012.[43]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Sandy Levin was ranked the 126th most liberal representative during 2011.[44]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Sander Levin has voted with the Democratic Party 94.5% of the time, which ranked 36 among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[45]

Personal

Levin lives in Royal Oak, MI. He was married to his late wife, Vicki, for over 50 years, and has four children and nine grandchildren.[46]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Gov Track "Levin" Accessed May 25, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Sander Levin" Accessed December 23, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 23, 2011
  5. USA Today, "IRS knew of Tea Party profiling in 2011, report shows," accessed May 16, 2013
  6. Politico, "The IRS wants YOU- to share everything," accessed May 16, 2013
  7. Washington Post, "IRS officials in Washington were involved in targeting of conservative groups," accessed May 16, 2013
  8. CNN, "'Angry' Obama announces IRS leader's ouster after conservatives targeted," accessed May 16, 2013
  9. The New York Times, "Treasury Knew of I.R.S. Inquiry in 2012, Official Says," accessed May 17, 2013
  10. Politico, "Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch expand IRS probe," May 20,2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Lois Lerner invokes Fifth Amendment in House hearing on IRS targeting," May 22, 2013
  12. CBS, "IRS official Lois Lerner placed on leave," May 23, 2013
  13. Wall Street Journal, "Lois Lerner, at Center of IRS Investigation, Retires," accessed December 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  15. Sandy Levin "Issues," October 8, 2012
  16. Sandy Levin "Issues," October 8, 2012
  17. Sandy Levin "Issues," October 8, 2012
  18. Sandy Levin "Issues," October 8, 2012
  19. Associated Press primary results
  20. Sandy Levin "Macomb County-wide Officials Endorse Sandy Levin for Reelection in New District," Accessed October 8, 2012
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. 'Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Sandy Levin," Accessed May 16, 2013
  37. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  38. Open Secrets "Sandy Levin 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed December 23, 2011
  39. GovTrack, "Sandy Levin" Accessed April 2013
  40. LegiStorm "Sandy Levin"
  41. OpenSecrets.org, "Levin, (D-Michigan), 2011"
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Levin, (D-Michigan), 2010"
  43. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  46. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 24, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
William Brodhead
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan
1983-present
Succeeded by
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