Constituent Success Stories
If you can't get an answer from a federal agency in a timely fashion, or if you feel you have been treated unfairly, our office may be able to help resolve a problem or get you the information you need. While we cannot guarantee you a favorable outcome, we will do our best to help you receive a fair and timely response to your problem. Fill out this form to receive help with a federal agency.
Daniel Fox from Carlsbad received help with the IRS: "Congressman Mike Levin and [staff] were able to achieve what accountants, lawyers and taxpayer advocates could not! They succeeded in getting the IRS to re-examine its improper personal income tax calculation from fiscal year 2010 and return money improperly seized over the past several years. I cannot praise [staff] enough. [Staff] was diligent in communicating with the IRS and not letting the matter stall. [Staff] also kept me apprised every step of the way. Because of her, I received back all of the improperly seized funds, and I can finally put to rest an issue no one else could resolve in over 8 years. Thank you, [staff] and Congressman Levin!"
James Frohling from San Clemente received help with Medicare: "It is reassuring to know that something still works in our country. After seven months of fruitless attempts to restore my Medicare Part B coverage, the office of Mike Levin was able to successfully restore it within a short time. I am deeply grateful to Mr. Levin and his staff."
Bonnie Calcagno from Oceanside received help with the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research: "I am very grateful to Congressman Levin’s office who helped me with my brother’s health challenge by putting me in touch with the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Through expanded access they made it possible for my brother to have an alternative option should he continue to relapse when standard medical treatments were not helping him… Thank you Congressman Levin and [staff] for coming through when my brother and I needed help."
Julian Joshua from Dana Point received help with a federal agency: "Not everybody knows that one of the most important jobs of a US Representative is his or her role of facilitating interaction between constituents and the federal bureaucracy. This essential function has no connection with party politics. I have to give Mike Levin and his team top marks in this department. I recently had a seemingly intractable issue with a federal agency on a fairly complex matter. Although I was in the right, the agency staff put case in a drawer and after many calls issued an unfavorable disposition that showed they had not understood the legal provision in question. Within a few days of my asking Representative Levin to intervene, I received a phone call from a senior manager to come in that afternoon and 24 hours later the agency admitted their error and the matter was resolved in my favor. There is nothing like the magic words ‘ Congressional Inquiry’ to get the bureaucracy moving. All thanks to Mike Levin’s team for taking this up."
Diane Rogers from San Clemente received help with the Social Security Administration: "After months of struggling with Social Security to help my son be able to have his benefits reinstated, I contacted [staff] at Congressman Mike Levin’s office. If it weren’t for the Congressional Inquiry that was sent to Social Security, we would still be without my son’s social security benefits. Congressman Mike Levin went to bat for us. We are thankful."
Michael K. from Oceanside received help with the Department of Homeland Security: "Thanks again for your help. I don’t think ever I’ve called or interacted with any of my local representatives’ offices. This was a very positive experience and you were so great at going after a solution and finding ways to make this work for us. You far exceeded my expectations for the level of attention and follow up I hoped for."
Timothy Towner from Oceanside received help with a citizenship case so he could join the Army: "Highly efficient, friendly, and professional office. Thank you!"
Doug Hansen from Carlsbad received help with an immigration issue: "We are grateful to have such a fine person and helpful staff representing us—together you help make the world a better place."
Jerry Dowling from Vista received help with VA benefits: "[Staff] from Rep. Levin's office helped me restore and increase my mother's benefits from the VA. Rep. Levin's letters to VA offices and [staff's] assistance was a tremendous help."
Cathy Andrews and Dane Bruhahn from Encinitas received help with a passport issue: “Representative Levin and his staff were responsive, caring, and extremely helpful in getting our issue resolved. We are incredibly grateful!”
Betty Wilson from Vista received help with international travel issues during COVID-19: “Congressman Levin and his staff were instrumental in arranging for transit documents in Colombia, working with the State Department to obtain these critical documents so that US citizens could catch a humanitarian flight from Colombia to Ft. Lauderdale. Throughout this crisis, Congressman Levin and his staff were caring and professional and immediately responded to our pleas for help. We are eternally grateful for the help we received from Congressman Levin’s office. Your efforts brought four Americans home! Good job!!”
A military family from Encinitas received help with Presidential Proclamations and immigration issues: “Our family is incredibly grateful for the assistance we received from the Member’s office. Even during COVID-19, the office helped us navigate Presidential Proclamations and immigration issues to get our aupair safely into the U.S. so that we could have childcare while military parent is deployed overseas and the other is a mission essential military member.”
Angelita Mason from Oceanside received help with a Social Security issue: “Congressman Levin, I cannot thank you enough for the help you provided for me. Your staff was awesome. She took care of my cry of emergency and the result was unheard of… Without your help, I probably homeless already. You provided me peace of mind. Thank you so much. Thank you.”
Chris Hendrickson from San Clemente received help with a federal pension issue: “I could not be more impressed with the professionalism, responsiveness, and results this constituent received from Congressman Levin and his staff.”
John DeWitt in Bonsall received help with a passport issue: “I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Congressman Mike Levin and his staff for assisting me in securing my passport so that I can continue to pursue Sportfishing in Baja California waters. I was frustrated to the point of severe depression over losing my only outlet. Mr. Levin and his staff went to bat for me... I had never asked for assistance from an elected official in my 75 years, prior to this. I am so impressed with the professionalism and performance of Mike Levin and his wonderful staff.”
Cathy Jay in Cardiff received help with Social Security: "After 9 months and dozens of contacts with Social Security and Medicare, I asked Mike Levin's office for help. My issues were resolved in a matter of days."
Damond Lines in San Juan Capistrano received help with a passport issue: "I wanted to take the time to say how much I appreciated the effort your office and you especially made to resolve my issue with my passport. I am sure there are many more important things that need your attention. I am extremely grateful that you took the time and made it a priority. I, truthfully, did not think that this would be given an attention based on the exhausting experience I had before I reached out to you. I cannot say enough about your responsiveness and how it made me feel that you actually cared about the situation. This makes me feel so much better, that there are people like yourself in high places that will actually take the time to help the little people, like myself, and the somewhat insignificant problems we might have. Especially, with all the problems we are facing in todays world."
Michael Gordon in Oceanside received help with an IRS issue: “I needed help getting resolution of an issue with the IRS. I contacted your office, and [staff] took over from there - in less than a week it was successfully resolved. Your office’s process was simple, [your staff] was wonderfully communicative, and my concerns were understood and dealt with with zero problem. I am very grateful to… your team for their help.”
Ben Rich in San Clemente received help with Social Security and Medicare issues: "I'm most grateful to Rep. Levin and his staff for helping me resolve a Medicare billing matter, saving my wife and I hundreds of dollars. We now have a little extra breathing room in our monthly budget."
Melanie Simutis in Cardiff received help with an immigration issue: "[Staff] worked directly with the State Department to issue my Apostille in a timely manner. [Staff] recognized the sense of urgency with this issue, and contacted me immediately. I sincerely appreciate the efforts [staff] made on my behalf."
Sarah Shalviri in Cardiff received help with a passport issue: "I have never felt more taken care of or that someone was more on my team than Congressman Mike Levin’s team. They went above & beyond to help me get my passport in an emergency situation. His team was efficient, reliable, helpful, empathetic, and overall a pleasure to work with. I can’t thank [staff] enough for saving the day and more importantly making me a forever supporter of Mike Levin. His team is a true example of a team working for their community.”
Tim Gleeson in Solana Beach received help with a passport issue: "I have never asked for support from my Congressman ever. When I was recommended to reach out to Mike Levin's office I was somewhat skeptical. To my surprise, Congressman Levin's team couldn’t have been more responsive and helpful. Thank you for all that you do.”
Chandrashekar Dorairaj in Vista received help with an immigration issue: "I’m glad I was able to get in touch with [staff] to get assistance and clarity on my pending immigration petition. [Staff] was great right from the beginning, she was prompt, responsive and followed up throughout the process and more importantly she understood the nuances of my case clearly to be able to effectively assist with the case. I always felt that she took interest as this was her own trouble. Again, thank you very much [staff] and Mike Levin. Your help is very much appreciated and will never be forgotten!"
Byron Dronkers in Oceanside received help with a Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan: [Staff] replied promptly to my request for assistance on or about July 23rd via email. Attached was a privacy waiver and [staff] gathered a few more pieces of information from me. [Staff] kept in contact with me regularly and on August 13 an SBA loan officer contacted me by phone to verify information. My status changed from "PROCESSING" to "APPROVED" and my account was funded on August 18th! Thank you, Hon. Mr. Levin for having a superstar on your staff of advocates!"
Bill Rust in Rancho Mission Viejo received help with a Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan: "[Staff] from Mr. Levin’s office reached out to me the very next day after I filled out the release form. She would contact the SBA on my behalf inquiring about the status of our application. Her correspondence with me and the SBA was extremely timely. I have no doubt that the congressional inquiries set forth by [staff] helped get our application in front of the right loan officers within the SBA. We received our funding and can now weather the COVID-19 storm. Thank you to everyone at Mr. Levin’s office. I, my business, and my family will always remember how you came through for us in our time of need."
Ryan Pingree in Encinitas received help with a small business issue: “After many months of no activity on a critical business application we submitted to a federal agency, we contacted Representative Levin and asked for his help. Representative Levin and his staff acted with empathy and alacrity. His timely support and influence ensured our Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business’s application did not languish any further. Shortly after engaging Representative Levin, the federal agency processed and approved our application. This achievement has provided the opportunity for our sustained growth and success for our company. Without his involvement we would very likely still be waiting for the agency to act. We so appreciate the enthusiastic and effective support of Representative Levin! He gets things done!”
Loraine Dowdy in San Clemente received help with a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan: "Congressman Mike Levin and staff were gracious and professional enough to assist my business in dealing with the SBA EIDL. Just when you thought all hope was lost they swooped right in and got real time results. I can honestly say every staff member I have communicated with came through with an action plan that garnered results. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Congressman Levin's office should you have any issue related to public service. They are truly the best and represent what they stand for! Thank you again Congressman Levin and staff in helping keep my business alive!"
John Cumming in Carlsbad received help with an IRS issue: "For those who may not be fully conversant with Congressman Mike Levin, he is a man of talent, integrity, and conviction. He puts country above party, and he seeks to bring accountability, efficacy, and competence to our Federal Government. While I never thought I would need constituent services, the day came when the IRS singled us out for an ill-considered demand for a huge tax payment. We were fortunate that Congressman Mike Levin’s [staff] helped us to get noticed by the IRS... it was an arduous journey and [staff] stayed with us all the way... If you have a similar problem with a tone-deaf government, Mike Levin’s effective constituent advocacy services are the backstop."
James Swigart in Solana Beach received help with the Department of Labor: "I had become completely exasperated with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corpororation (Part of the DOL). I tried for almost a year to get them to begin sending my pension benefits that were owed to me. They were completely nonresponsive to my written application and follow-up calls and finally said my application was now "stale" and I had to reapply. I contacted Mike Levin's office and they were extremely helpful. They contacted the Department of Labor and within weeks, I received a phone call from my benefits manager saying my pension payments will begin promptly as I had requested. Thank you, Congressman Levin, and his hard-working staff."
Denise Jackson in Cardiff received help with an IRS issue: "If not for the perseverance of [staff] at Congressman Levin's office, I believe I would still be waiting for my tax refund. It took two years with the help! I was hesitant to contact my Congressman as it did seem like an extreme measure, and the office is dealing with larger and more important matters. [Staff] did not make my matter seem trivial, and the kindness and competence were impactful and greatly appreciated. Restored a bit of faith in our democracy."
Ellis Kupferman in Dana Point received help with an IRS issue: "Congressman Mike Levin's staff were relentless in resolving an IRS error that resulted in a $4,400 tax refund to my family. [A] staffer... initiated multiple contacts and maintained continuous communication with the IRS Taxpayer Advocate's office over a period of almost one year to overcome IRS bureaucratic malaise and indifference."