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Washington - Rep. Sander Levin, Current Longest-serving Jewish Congressman, Won’t Seek Reelection

Published on: December 3, 2017 05:00 PM
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FILE - U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) (L) and ranking member Representative Sander Levin (D-MI) (R) arrive to hold a committee hearing on the topic of U.S. economic growth at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 13, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstFILE - U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) (L) and ranking member Representative Sander Levin (D-MI) (R) arrive to hold a committee hearing on the topic of U.S. economic growth at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 13, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Washington - Congressman Sander Levin, currently the longest-serving Jewish member of Congress, announced he would not seek reelection after more than three decades in office.

Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, made the announcement on Saturday that he would not run for a 19th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Michigan’s 9th Congressional District, after changing districts during the redrawing of congressional district lines every decade. He has served in the House of Representatives since 1983.

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“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,” he said in a statement issued by his office Saturday.

Levin, 86, announced he would join the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy when his term expires at the end of next year. “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,” he said.

Levin, who has backed Israel throughout his tenure in Congress, voted in favor of the Iran nuclear deal. He served as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee during consideration and passage of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare; led efforts to prevent the privatization of Social Security; and co-authored the Drug Free Communities Support Program.

His announcement noted that “for the next year, much work remains in Congress, especially as it relates to important tax, trade and health policies.”

He is the brother of Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, who retired following the 2014 elections after serving 36 years.



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 Dec 03, 2017 at 05:28 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Liberal jews are a dime dozen which make all the rest of us look bad.

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 Dec 03, 2017 at 06:38 PM Just Wondering.... Says:

When the other Jewish senator (the one that admitted to sexual assault) will resign?

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 Dec 03, 2017 at 08:20 PM Anonymous Says:

# 1 and # 2 ignorance can be a bliss but also obfuscate reality. Far worse that ignoramuses are not prevented from raising children who will be the next generation of ignoramuses

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 Dec 03, 2017 at 08:33 PM triumphinwhitehouse Is dumber than poo Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Liberal jews are a dime dozen which make all the rest of us look bad.

Why don’t you throw in all the other conspiracies and issues that bug your mind? Deep state. Clinton..

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 Dec 03, 2017 at 10:16 PM Just Wondering.... Says:

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Anonymous Says:

# 1 and # 2 ignorance can be a bliss but also obfuscate reality. Far worse that ignoramuses are not prevented from raising children who will be the next generation of ignoramuses

So you think people who admit to sexually assaulting women should be allowed to remain in congress? If the answer is yes, you are really more messed up than I initially thought.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 08:09 AM Anonymous Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Liberal jews are a dime dozen which make all the rest of us look bad.

What a disgusting comment to make about someone who has served his district and his country for as long as he has. Get your head out of the partisan echo chamber you live in and show some menschlichkeit.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 09:35 AM yonasonw Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Liberal jews are a dime dozen which make all the rest of us look bad.

Yeah, TWH? It's unprincipled right wing Jews like you, with your partisan based inconsistent morality that makes the rest of the Klal look bad...get out of your daled amos and read.

Your trench is but one in a larger front, and it's you guys who are increasingly isolated.

Your hypocrisy is plain for all to see...like when you pasul President Clinton from a high "moral" position...but then give President P---y Grabber a free pass. Frum morality my butt...you're just a bunch of heehaw American right wingers with yarmulkas.

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 Dec 04, 2017 at 12:25 PM AmYisroel Says:

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yonasonw Says:

Yeah, TWH? It's unprincipled right wing Jews like you, with your partisan based inconsistent morality that makes the rest of the Klal look bad...get out of your daled amos and read.

Your trench is but one in a larger front, and it's you guys who are increasingly isolated.

Your hypocrisy is plain for all to see...like when you pasul President Clinton from a high "moral" position...but then give President P---y Grabber a free pass. Frum morality my butt...you're just a bunch of heehaw American right wingers with yarmulkas.

clinton was a rapist who cheated on his wife in the oval office

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