U.S. Senator Carl Levin Passes Away At The Age Of 87

Sen Carl Levin

Senator Carl Levin, who is considered Michigan’s longest serving U.S. Senator, has passed away at the age of 87.

Senator Levin represented Michigan in the U.S. Senate from Jan. 1979 to Jan. 2015.

According to a statement released by the Levin Center at Wayne State University Thursday, “With great sadness and heavy hearts, the Levin family at Wayne Law announce the passing of Senator Carl Levin–a dearly beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, and life-long public servant.”

The Levin Center says Senator Levin “fought with compassion to extend and ensure the American promise to all” for over six decades.

They say Senator Levin’s legacy “extends to every corner of Michigan, including the preservation of the Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Upper Peninsula’s mining and maritime history, cleaner Great Lake and Michigan streams, a beautiful Detroit Riverwalk; and an American auto industry that is stronger for his tireless support.”

The Levin Center says Senator Levin will be remembered for his intellect, work ethic, humility, humor and strength of character.

“Senator Carl Levin was a champion for Michigan,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer in a statement released late Thursday. “His 36 year tenure in the United States Senate, the longest in state history, was marked by a tireless commitment to our auto industry, Great Lakes, and men and women in uniform. Carl paved the way for a safer planet, helped pass several nuclear weapons and missile treaties, and spoke out courageously against entering the war in Iraq…”

Governor Whitmer continued, “Carl would often wear his glasses on the tip of his nose, but he saw the best in us. He saw what we were capable of when we came to the table as Michiganders, as Americans, to get things done. Carl devoted his life to public service, and it us up to us to follow his example.”

To read the full statement from the Levin Center at Wayne State University, click here.