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Sander L. Levin

Distinguished Policymaker in Residence; Professor of Practice

The Honorable Sander “Sandy” Levin is a Distinguished Policymaker in Residence and professor of practice at the Ford School, with support from the Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence program. For 36 years, Levin represented residents of Southeast Michigan in Congress. In that time, Levin was actively involved in the major debates confronting our nation including welfare reform, the auto industry rescue, China’s entry into the World Trade Organization, the Iran Nuclear Agreement, and every critical economic policy issue.  He chaired the House Ways and Means Committee including during passage of the Affordable Care Act, drafted the language to add enforceable labor and environmental standards in trade agreements for the first time, and successfully fought the privatization of Social Security. Born in Detroit, Levin earned a BA from the University of Chicago, an MA in international relations from Columbia University, and a JD from Harvard University. He developed a private law practice, served two terms in the Michigan State Senate, ran for governor, and served as an assistant administrator at the Agency for International Development before his election to Congress.

Educational Background

BA, University of Chicago
MA, International Relations, Columbia University
JD, Harvard University

Professional Affiliations

Member of Congress, 1983-2019