The Ford School salutes former Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), the longest-serving Michigan senator, who died at the age of 87. Levin served in Congress for 36 years and was a champion of human rights, a strong military, and the transformational power of government. He was a friend of the Ford School, having given the Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture in 2005, speaking about “News Directions in National Security” and giving the 2014 commencement address, marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the public policy school.
Dean Michael S. Barr said, "Senator Carl Levin served Michigan and our country with distinction for many decades. His congressional oversight of the financial sector, national security, corporate taxation and conduct, among many issues, helped to make our nation safer and fairer. Our condolences go out to his wife, children, and grandchildren, his brother, Ford School Distinguished Policymaker in Residence and former representative Sander Levin, and the whole Levin family. May his memory be a blessing."