The Legislative Collaborative series, Featuring U.S. Senator (Michigan), Carl Levin
*Update: Interview with Carl Levin and event video are embedded at the end of this article*
The University of Michigan Detroit will host Michigan U.S. Senator, Carl Levin (D) on Tuesday, October 9, from 9-10 a.m. as part of its Legislative Collaborative series. This invitation only event is open to the press. The Legislative Collaborative is a quarterly political forum sponsored by the Michigan State University and University of Michigan Detroit Centers.
The session will provide a unique forum for select high school and college students to participate in a question and answer session with Michigan’s senior senator. Levin’s visit to the U-M Detroit Center provides student attendees with an excellent opportunity to engage in conversations regarding such topics as politics, policy and other current events. The invited students will represent the Detroit School of the Arts, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.
Senator Carl Levin, a Detroit native, attended Detroit public schools as a youth and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1956 and Harvard Law School in 1959. Levin has been Michigan’s senior Senator since 1995 and is the longest serving U.S. Senator in Michigan history. Levin was elected to his sixth term in 2008, which ends in January 2015. TIME Magazine named Levin as one of America’s 10 best Senators in 2006. Levin comes from a political family. His brother, Sander, represents Michigan’s 12th District in the House of Representatives and serves as ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee. Levin’s father, Saul, served on the Michigan Corrections Commission. His uncle, Theodore Levin, was the chief judge on the U.S. District Court for Eastern Michigan.
One of Carl Levin’s top priorities has been the economic well-being of Michigan families. Levin has been a consistent advocate of American manufacturing; the backbone of Michigan’s economy. Levin has also been one of the strongest supporters for policies that would help American manufacturers compete globally.
Carl Levin is the chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He has led investigations of the 2008 financial crisis, abusive credit card practices, the Enron collapse, speculation in energy and food markets, abusive offshore tax havens and money laundering by corrupt foreign leaders. He established an investigative team on the Armed Services Committee that has probed treatment of detainees in U.S. military custody and abuses by security contractors in Afghanistan.
For more information regarding this event or press inquiries, please contact: DetroitCenter@umich.edu or (313) 593-3584.