Sander “Sandy” Levin was born and raised in Detroit,
Michigan. He was elected to the Congress in 1982. He currently represents the 9th Congressional District which includes communities in Macomb and Oakland counties and spans from Lake St. Clair to Bloomfield Township.
Sandy is the Ranking Democrat of the U.S. House Ways
and Means Committee, having served as Chair in 2010 when Democrats held the
Majority in the U.S. House. He has
served on every Ways and Means Subcommittee (Social Security, Health Care,
Income Security and Family Support, Trade) except for the Oversight and Select
Revenue Subcommittees. You may review a legislative
James Gannon, the former Detroit News bureau chief,
once wrote: “Sandy Levin: The guy I'd
want for my Congressman and neighbor: hard-working, thoughtful, effective and
Levin graduated from Central High School in Detroit,
MI. He earned his B.A. at the University of Chicago, his M.A. in international
relations from Columbia University and a law degree from Harvard University.
Sandy’s career in public service began when he was
elected to the State Senate in 1964, serving as Senate Minority Leader from
1969 to 1970. As a State Senator, he reformed the state’s laws to give state
employees the right to collectively bargain for the first time (known as the
Public Employee Relations Act), reformed the state’s workers compensation,
unemployment compensation and minimum wage laws. He was also instrumental in
reforming the State’s Special Education system. After competing for the
Governorship with Republican Bill Milliken in 1970 and 1974, Sandy joined the
Carter Administration as an Assistant Administrator in the Agency for
International Development (AID). At AID, he saw firsthand the importance of
international family planning programs and has been an eloquent and active
defender of those programs in the Congress.
Sandy is married to Pamela Cole, a professor of Clinical Child Psychology and Human Development at Penn State University. His late wife, Vicki, with whom he enjoyed a wonderful partnership for over 50 years, passed away in 2008 from metastatic breast cancer. They had four children and Sandy now enjoys ten grandchildren. Sandy’s brother, Carl, serves in the United States Senate. Historically, there have only been a handful of these “Siblings Teams” serving together in Congress.