From the environment to the economy, Rep. Andy Levin has been adding his own chapter to the Levin family legacy in Michigan politics.
WARREN, MI — The long tradition of public service of Michigan’s Levin family took another step forward following Michigan’s August primary.
Incumbent Rep. Andy Levin won his renomination Tuesday in Michigan’s primary. Levin is the son of former Rep. Sander Levin and nephew of former Sen. Carl Levin. In 2020, as The ‘Gander reported, he has acted on behalf of the Biden campaign hosting Michigan roundtables discussing the presidential challenger’s Build Back Better plan.
“My freshman term came in one of the most bizarre, consequential two-year sessions of Congress in our history,” wrote Levin. “And now, beyond our wildest imaginings, a global pandemic is packing a one-two punch on our nation. Not only are we in the middle of the gravest public health crisis in a century, but we’re also witnessing the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and an administration that claims their comeback is grounded in ‘law and order’ when people are in streets demanding long-overdue police reform and racial justice.”
Levin has only served in Congress since the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in 2018. Prior to that, his district was represented by his father. Prior to his time in Congress, Levin served as Michigan’s director of the Department of Labor and Economic Growth (MILEG) in 2010 and has spent a career as a labor organizer and human rights activist. Levin also worked as a staff attorney for the Commission on the Future of Worker-Management Relations in the 1990s.
“Before I came to Congress I was a union organizer,” he told reporters at a Build Back Better event. “Thanks to the role unions … have played in American history, manufacturing jobs have provided tens of millions of people in this country with a ticket to the middle class. But that’s getting harder and harder, especially in a Trump presidency.”
He also has done work helping businesses adopt more environmentally friendly practices. He started Lean and Green Michigan, a financier helping commercial, industrial, multifamily, nonprofit, and agricultural property owners secure funding for projects to improve energy efficiency, water conservation and other eco-friendly adaptations. He also founded Michigan Academy for Green Mobility Alliance (MAGMA), which trained hundreds of unemployed and incumbent engineers to electrify cars.
At MILEG, Levin created the No Work Left Behind initiative that helped more than 160,000 unemployed and underemployed Michiganders go back to school during the Great Recession.
Before joining Congress, Levin also served as president of a Reconstructionist Jewish synagogue, Congregation T’chiyah. He has been deeply involved both in the spirituality and the social justice passion of Michigan’s Jewish community.
Levin is likely to win his seat again in November as he is well-liked in his district. Though the importance of the Levin family to Michigan politics can’t be overstated, Andy’s course, charted by the guiding principles of elevating Michigan workers and protecting Michigan’s environment, have resonated with his district.
“I’m honored to be your Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 9th Congressional District, and I’ll work tirelessly to elect Democrats up and down the ballot for the next 90 days,” Levin tweeted. “Let’s go!”