Former Democratic Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, a true giant of the Senate, has passed away at age 87.
Levin had a distinguished 36 year career in the Senate from 1978 to 2014.
He was rated one of the top ten US Senators in a Time Magazine article in 2006.
He was the fourth longest serving incumbent at his retirement in 2015, and was the longest serving Senator in Michigan history.
He served alongside his Congressman brother Sander Levin, both of them outstanding Senators of the Jewish faith, and both had a great impact on Michigan and the nation.
Carl Levin was Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman, and served alongside Republicans and worked well across the aisle with them, promoting civil dialogue.
He supported the revival of the auto industry, and supported efforts to address pollution and other environmental issues affecting the Great Lakes.
He promoted a crackdown on offshore tax havens, and was an advocate for stem cell research and gun control laws.
He gained respect for his attention to detail and deep knowledge of policy.
Levin came across as a “regular guy”, who was unassuming and unpretentious.
His kind will not be easily found in the future, as he was, in many ways, one of a kind.
Rest in Peace, Carl Levin, you will be well remembered in the annals of history!