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Phone: 202-225-4961

Address: 1236 LHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (586) 498-7122

Address: 27085 Gratiot Avenue, Roseville MI 48066-2947

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Jourdan, Dan
Legislative Director
Jourdan, Dan
Legislative Director
Lee, Alan
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Jourdan, Dan
Legislative Director
Malmgren, Corey
Legislative Counsel, Health and Human Resources
Lee, Alan
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Luttenberger, Rose
Legislative Assistant; Legislative Correspondent
Forsythe, Eden
Legislative Counsel, Foreign Policy Advisor
Hussain, Zeenath
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York, Amanda
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York, Amanda
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Malmgren, Corey
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Lee, Alan
Legislative Counsel Tax and Financial Services
Jourdan, Dan
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Forsythe, Eden
Legislative Counsel, Foreign Policy Advisor
York, Amanda
Constituent Service; Community Liaison
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Legislative Counsel, Foreign Policy Advisor
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Legislative Counsel, Health and Human Resources
Malmgren, Corey
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Jourdan, Dan
Legislative Director
Forsythe, Eden
Legislative Counsel, Foreign Policy Advisor
Lee, Alan
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Serkaian, Emily
Legislative Assistant; Legislative Correspondent
Jourdan, Dan
Legislative Director
Malmgren, Corey
Legislative Counsel, Health and Human Resources
Lee, Alan
Legislative Counsel Tax and Financial Services
Lee, Alan
Legislative Counsel Tax and Financial Services
Malmgren, Corey
Legislative Counsel, Health and Human Resources
Malmgren, Corey
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Jourdan, Dan
Legislative Director
Lee, Alan
Legislative Counsel Tax and Financial Services
Jourdan, Dan
Legislative Director
Jourdan, Dan
Legislative Director
Jourdan, Dan
Legislative Director
Forsythe, Eden
Legislative Counsel, Foreign Policy Advisor
Lee, Alan
Legislative Counsel Tax and Financial Services
Malmgren, Corey
Legislative Counsel, Health and Human Resources
Malmgren, Corey
Legislative Counsel, Health and Human Resources
Chrzaszcz, Monica
Constituent Service; Michigan Scheduler
Drobnyk, Joshua
Communications Director; Senior Adviser
Ertel, Carol
Office Manager
Forsythe, Eden
Legislative Counsel, Foreign Policy Advisor
Foster, Timothy
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Herzig, Walt
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Hussain, Zeenath
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Jourdan, Dan
Legislative Director
Lee, Alan
Legislative Counsel Tax and Financial Services
Luttenberger, Rose
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Malmgren, Corey
Legislative Counsel, Health and Human Resources
Nelson, Keith
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Communications Director; Senior Adviser
Forsythe, Eden
Legislative Counsel, Foreign Policy Advisor
Drobnyk, Joshua
Communications Director; Senior Adviser
Chrzaszcz, Monica
Constituent Service; Michigan Scheduler
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Pollet, Kyle
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Malmgren, Corey
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Legislative Assistant; Legislative Correspondent
Serkaian, Emily
Legislative Assistant; Legislative Correspondent
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Legislative Assistant; Legislative Correspondent
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Legislative Assistant; Legislative Correspondent
Jourdan, Dan
Legislative Director
Hussain, Zeenath
Constituent Service; Community Liaison
Pollet, Kyle
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York, Amanda
Constituent Service; Community Liaison
Foster, Timothy
Online Communications Manager
Ertel, Carol
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Chrzaszcz, Monica
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Sander Levin Committees
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Ways & Means (Ranking member)
Sander Levin Biography
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  • Elected: 1982, 16th term.
  • District: Michigan 9
  • Born: Sep. 06, 1931, Detroit
  • Home: Royal Oak
  • Education:

    U. of Chicago, B.A. 1952, Columbia U., M.A. 1954, Harvard U., LL.B. 1957

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 1957–64, 1970–76; Fellow, Harvard JFK Schl. of Govt., 1975; A.A., Agency for Intl. Devel., 1977–81.

  • Political Career:

    Oakland Bd. of Supervisors, 1961–64; MI Senate, 1964–70.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Jewish

  • Family: Married (Pamela Cole); 4 children

Sander Levin, first elected in 1982, is the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, having briefly served as its chairman before Republicans gained the majority in 2011. Like his younger brother, Sen. Carl Levin, he is an old-school liberal and one of his party’s most respected voices on trade matters. Read More

Sander Levin, first elected in 1982, is the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, having briefly served as its chairman before Republicans gained the majority in 2011. Like his younger brother, Sen. Carl Levin, he is an old-school liberal and one of his party’s most respected voices on trade matters.

Sander Levin grew up in Detroit and got degrees from the University of Chicago, Columbia University, and Harvard Law School. He settled in the suburb of Berkley after school and was elected state senator in 1964. In 1970 and 1974, he ran for governor and lost narrowly each time to Republican William Milliken. During the Carter administration, he was a top appointee at the Agency for International Development.

In 1982, a House seat suddenly opened up after redistricting when two incumbents retired. Levin won a spirited primary and has held the seat without difficulty. The 1992 redistricting moved him east, into Macomb County, and placed him in the same district with Democrat Dennis Hertel, who decided to retire. Levin had serious competition in the next two elections from retired Army Col. John Pappageorge and won by just 53%-46% in 1992 and 52%-47% in 1994. Since then, he has won easily.

Levin is a hard worker and a details man, willing to spend endless hours with others working out solutions. In a less polarized era, he likely would have a close relationship with fellow Michigander Dave Camp, Ways and Means’ affable chairman; as it stands, the two rarely see eye to eye. They got into a tense exchange at a December 2011 Rules Committee meeting, arguing over whether the 2009 economic stimulus law had reduced unemployment. “Your policies certainly haven’t worked very well,” said Camp, prompting the normally even-keeled Levin to retort, “Let’s not argue about the policies, because I think you’re wrong!”

In earlier years, Levin played an important role on significant issues. On welfare reform, Levin had a role in shaping the 1996 overhaul of the welfare program that introduced more work requirements. In 2005, as the ranking Democrat on the Social Security Subcommittee, his outspoken opposition to personal retirement accounts in Social Security put Republicans on the defensive and helped stop the proposal.

For years, he has been at the center of trade debates, seeking ways, as he has put it, to shape globalization. He favored the 1980s free trade agreement with Canada, which helped the auto industry. He was a strong opponent of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993 but supported normal trade relations with China, playing an instrumental role in crafting details with the Clinton administration. With many union leaders, Levin has pushed for trade agreements to contain provisions on workers’ rights, fair ways of settling workers’ disagreements and environmental protection. He got the Bush administration to make changes in labor, and environmental protections in the Peru free trade agreement, which was then approved. He also insisted on changes in the agreements negotiated with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama.

In March 2011, Levin defended the Obama administration’s insistence on taking more time to complete deals with Colombia and Panama, while simultaneously seeking quick congressional approval of a newly negotiated agreement with South Korea. “The old conventional wisdom about trade policy is outdated, and there is a new model, exemplified by changes to the Peru and (South) Korea agreements, waiting to be seized,” he said in a speech at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Seven months later, the House passed all three agreements, with Levin refusing to support the Colombia pact because he said that country’s government had not met its labor rights obligations.

During the years of the Democratic House majority (2007-2010), Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel tended to defer to Levin as support for free trade pacts in the Democratic Caucus declined dramatically. Levin has pressed hard for China to allow its currency to rise in value and introduced a bill to authorize the Commerce Department to decide whether an undervalued currency is an export subsidy; it passed the House 348-79 in September 2010. The GOP-controlled House did not take up a China currency bill in the 112th Congress (2011-12), preferring to let Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney use it as a presidential campaign issue.

On the House Democrats’ cap-and-trade energy bill to reduce carbon emissions, Levin reached agreement with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman on requiring taxes in 2020 on China, India, and other developing countries if they failed to similarly curb carbon emissions, but the bill ultimately died in the Senate. He also worked with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., on multiple issues in a 2010 tax bill to extend unemployment benefits, boost oil company payments for oil spills, and create a tax credit for electric vehicle technology development.

While Democrats were still in power, Levin got the gavel at Ways and Means after Rangel became mired in an ethics scandal. In March 2010, Rangel, facing charges he had failed to pay taxes, resigned the chairmanship. For a day, the leadership installed the next most senior Democrat, Pete Stark of California, to the post. But prominent Democrats privately expressed concerns about the flamboyant Stark, given his propensity for controversial remarks. Moreover, Stark had voted no on the cap-and-trade bill and so was not in favor with Democratic leaders. Next in line in seniority after Stark was the level-headed Levin, who was deemed an acceptable replacement. Still, after the 2010 election, he was challenged for the ranking minority position by Richard Neal of Massachusetts. The Democratic Steering Committee voted 23-22 for Neal. Levin, having paid some dues by giving $570,000 to other Democrats during the election season, took his case to the full Democratic Caucus and prevailed over Neal on a 109-78 vote.

Redistricting in 2012 initially was thought to pose a problem for Levin. He ended up in the same district as Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, but Peters decided to avoid a primary fight and ran in the 14th District. Levin had little trouble dispatching Republican Don Volaric, whom he had beaten two years earlier. The win came three months after Levin, whose wife Vicki died in 2008 after 50 years of marriage, was remarried to Pamela Cole, a Penn State psychology professor. He told Michigan Radio in January 2013 that, even in the minority at 81, he felt energized. “Do I have fire in my belly? In a sense, more than ever,” he said.

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Sander Levin Election Results
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2012 General
Sander Levin (D)
Votes: 208,846
Percent: 61.91%
Don Volaric
Votes: 114,760
Percent: 34.02%
2012 Primary
Sander Levin (D)
Votes: 55,198
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (61%), 2008 (72%), 2006 (70%), 2004 (69%), 2002 (68%), 2000 (64%), 1998 (56%), 1996 (57%), 1994 (52%), 1992 (53%), 1990 (70%), 1988 (70%), 1986 (76%), 1984 (100%), 1982 (67%)
Sander Levin Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 80 (L) : 19 (C) 79 (L) : 19 (C) 74 (L) : 25 (C)
Social 69 (L) : 28 (C) 81 (L) : 15 (C) 73 (L) : 25 (C)
Foreign 71 (L) : 27 (C) 71 (L) : 27 (C) 67 (L) : 32 (C)
Composite 74.3 (L) : 25.7 (C) 78.3 (L) : 21.7 (C) 72.0 (L) : 28.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC1016
LCV9794
CFG917
ITIC-75
NTU1212
20112012
COC31-
ACLU-76
ACU04
ADA8080
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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