Rep. Levin Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election

Dec 2, 2017

Rep. Levin Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. / ROSEVILLE, MI– Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI) today released the following statement on his decision not to seek re-election in 2018.


“I have been incredibly honored to serve the people of Michigan in Congress and to work on so many issues important to our communities, our state, and our nation.  I have tried to live up to the trust given to me by my constituents by following the values of my parents and family and by acting on what I believe after digging deeply into the facts and consulting broadly. 


I now want to share these same values in ways other than being an elected official.  Working to renew our confidence in promoting positive change, especially among our next generation of leaders, will be a particular interest.   I am therefore looking forward to joining the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy after my tenure in Congress concludes.  But for the next year, much work remains in Congress, especially as it relates to important tax, trade and health policies.”


A broader announcement from Rep. Levin was published today in the Detroit Free Press.


Representative Levin has championed many critical issues during his 35 years of Congressional service, including:


  • Fighting for comprehensive health care for all as Chair of the Ways and Means Committee during consideration and passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • Saving Social Security by leading efforts to defeat attempts to privatize the program.
  • Working for fairer trade policies by authoring with Rep. Rangel the May 10th agreement which required for the first time the inclusion of fully enforceable labor and environmental standards in trade agreements, and by insisting that any renegotiated NAFTA address outsourcing of jobs to Mexico due its very low wages and lack of labor rights.
  • Preserving America’s automobile industry by working along with his brother, Senator Carl Levin, and the entire Michigan Congressional Delegation in 2007 and 2008 to ensure emergency assistance to the domestic automobile industry.
  • Fighting for a fairer tax code, authoring the original legislation to treat “carried interest” compensation received by investment fund managers as ordinary income and by pressing to close the “inversion” loophole that allows companies to avoid paying U.S. taxes.  
  • Curbing drug abuse by co-authoring (with now Senator Rob Portman) the Drug Free Communities Support Program, which has provided grants to thousands of communities.
  • Protecting the Great Lakes by leading, along with Reps. Louise Slaughter (NY), David Joyce (OH) and former Rep. John Dingell (MI), a bipartisan effort in the House to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).


A more complete list of legislative initiatives by Rep. Levin can be found here.