Andrew Saul Levin (born August 10, 1960) is an American attorney and politician who serves as the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 9th congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Levin was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2018, succeeding his retiring father, Sander Levin. He is the nephew of former U.S. Senator Carl Levin.[1]

Early life and education

Andy Levin was born on August 10, 1960,[2] to Jewish parents Sander Levin and Vicki Schlafer. Sander was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1982. Andy grew up with two sisters, Jennifer and Madeleine, and a brother, Matthew.[3]

Levin graduated from Williams College with a bachelor’s degree. He earned a master’s degree in Asian languages and culture from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.[4]

Early career

Levin was a staff attorney for the U.S. Commission on the Future of Worker-Management Relations in 1994 and worked as a trade union organizer and director. He ran as a Democrat for the 13th district seat in the Michigan State Senate in 2006.[5] He lost to Republican John Pappageorge by 0.6% of the vote.[6] After the election, he directed Voice@Work, a program seeking to expand trade union membership.[1]

In 2007, Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Levin deputy director in the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth (DELEG).[7] He oversaw the “No Worker Left Behind” program, which provided job training to unemployed workers.[8] In 2009, Granholm named him chief workforce officer.[9] In 2010, Granholm named him acting director of DELEG, a role he served in until the end of her administration in 2011.[10][11] He founded the clean energy firm Levin Energy Partners LLC and serves as president of Lean & Green Michigan.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

Levin ran to succeed his father in the U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan’s 9th congressional district.[12] He defeated former State Representative Ellen Lipton and attorney Martin Brook in the primary election with 52.5% of the vote.[13] Levin defeated Republican businesswoman Candius Stearns in the general election.[14]

Levin ran for a second term in 2020. He defeated Republican Charles Langworthy and several minor candidates, with 57.8% of the vote.[15]

Tenure

In November 2020, The New York Times reported that Levin was considered a possible candidate for Secretary of Labor in the Biden administration; Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh was ultimately named to the post in 2021.[16]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Michigan’s 9th District Democratic primary results, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Andy Levin 49,612 52.4
DemocraticEllen Lipton40,17442.5
DemocraticMartin Brook4,8655.1
Total votes94,651 100.0
Michigan’s 9th congressional district, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Andy Levin 181,734 59.7
RepublicanCandius Stearns112,12336.8
Working ClassAndrea Kirby6,7972.2
GreenJohn McDermott3,9091.3
Total votes304,563 100.0
Democratic hold
Michigan’s 9th congressional district, 2020
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Andy Levin 230,318 57.7
RepublicanCharles Langworthy153,29638.4
Working ClassAndrea Kirby8,9702.2
LibertarianMike Saliba6,5321.6
Total votes399,116 100.0
Democratic hold

Personal life

Levin and his wife Mary (née Freeman) have four children, and live in Bloomfield Township.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Amann, Paula (January 18, 2007). “In Focus: Andy Levin”. Washington Jewish Week. Archived from the original on November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via HighBeam.
  2. ^ “Michigan new members 2019”. The Hill. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  3. ^ Associated Press (September 4, 2008). “Rep. Sander Levin’s wife Victoria Levin dies at 74”. Crains Detroit Business. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c “Andy Levin announces bid for father’s seat in Congress”. Crainsdetroit.com. December 6, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  5. ^ “Levin says Pappageorge resorting to dirty tricks | News”. theoaklandpress.com. October 28, 2006. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  6. ^ “Pappageorge defeats Levin”. The Oakland Press. November 8, 2006. Archived from the original on March 13, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  7. ^ “Gov. Granholm, Director Swanson announce appointment of Andy Levin as Department of Labor & Economic Growth Deputy Director”. US Fed News Service. January 11, 2007. Archived from the original on November 15, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via HighBeam.
  8. ^ “Michigan’s No Worker Left Behind program reaches capacity as funding dries up”. MLive.com. June 29, 2010. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  9. ^ “Granholm names Andy Levin as Michigan’s chief workforce officer; will oversee state’s workforce services”. MLive.com. November 4, 2009. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  10. ^ “Andy Levin rules out run for Michigan governor”. Detroitnews.com. November 21, 2017. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  11. ^ Associated Press (July 19, 2010). “Andy Levin to lead state department for energy, economy”. MLive.com. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  12. ^ “Andy Levin looks to take dad Sander Levin’s seat in Congress”. Freep.com. July 13, 2018. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  13. ^ “Andy Levin wins decisive victory in 9th Congressional District”. Freep.com. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  14. ^ “Democrat Andy Levin wins father’s U.S. House seat”. Detroitnews.com. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  15. ^ Burke, Melissa Nann. “Levin wins second term in Congress”. The Detroit News. Archived from the original on December 22, 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  16. ^ “Who Are Contenders for Biden’s Cabinet?”. The New York Times. November 11, 2020. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  17. ^ “Caucus Members”. Congressional Progressive Caucus. Retrieved March 29, 2021.

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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan’s 9th congressional district

2019–present
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