Carl Levin : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Cause of Death

Carl Levin was an American attorney and retired politician know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Cause of Death

Carl Levin : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Cause of Death
Carl Levin
  Bio
Name Carl Levin
Birthdate ( Age) 28 June 1934
Place of Birth Detroit, Michigan, United States
Marital Status  Married
Wife/Partner Barbara Halpern-Levin (m. 1961)
Children 3, Erica LevinLaura LevinKate Levin
Parents Bess and Saul R. Levin. Saul 
Profession American attorney and retired politician
Net Worth $2 Million - $5 Million
Last Update July 2021

Carl Milton Levin was an American attorney and retired politician who served as a United States Senator from Michigan from 1979 to 2015. He was the chair of the Senate Committee on Armed Services and was a member of the Democratic Party. 

Levin became Michigan's senior senator in 1995, and he is the longest-serving senator in the state's history. At the time of his retirement Levin was the fourth longest-serving incumbent in the U.S. Senate.

Early Life and Family

Levin was born in Detroit, and is the son of Jewish parents, Bess  and Saul R. Levin. Saul served on the Michigan Corrections Commission.Levin graduated from Detroit Central High School in 1952 and attended Swarthmore College, graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1956.During his student summers he worked as a taxi driver and on an auto factory line.He then attended Harvard Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1959.

He received honorary degrees from Swarthmore College in 1980, Michigan State University in 2004, Wayne State University in 2005, and Michigan Technological University in 2008.After earning his Juris Doctor, Levin was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan.

Carl Levin Wife

Carl Levin is a Married man.He Married with wife Barbara Halpern in 1961 and the couple have three children together.

Carl Levin Net Worth

Levin became Michigan's senior senator in 1995, and he is the longest-serving senator in the state's history who has an estimated Net Worth of $2 Million - $5 Million in 2021.

Professional Career

Levin was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978. In the Democratic primary, he defeated former U.S. Representative Richard Vander Veen. In the general election, he faced former Senate Minority Whip Robert P. Griffin, whom he defeated 52% to 48%. He won re-election five times before retiring from the Senate.

Levin faced a tough reelection bid in 1984 against former astronaut Jack R. Lousma, winning by only four percent. However, he routed Congressman Bill Schuette in 1990, and was reelected in 1996 and 2002 against only nominal Republican opposition. In 2002, Levin garnered 61% of the vote against Republican Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski despite the then-high popularity of President George W. Bush and the GOP and a close gubernatorial race that year. In the 2008 election, Levin won by a comfortable margin against state representative Jack Hoogendyk.

Levin was elected to the Detroit City Council (known then as the Detroit Common Council) in 1969, serving two four-year terms from 1970 to 1977.Levin served as president of the City Council throughout his entire second term, until the end of his tenure.During his time as council president, Levin became so frustrated with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's handling of repossessed houses in Detroit , that he and other members of the council, went out with a bulldozer "to help raze some of the houses.

Levin chaired the Armed Services Committee from 2001 to 2003 and from 2007 until his retirement in 2015.He became the Democratic ranking member on the committee on January 7, 1997,and served in that position when the Democratic Party was in the minority. Levin previously chaired the committee when the Democratic Party was the majority party in the Senate, January 3–20, 2001 and June 6, 2001 – January 6, 2003.

Levin supported the Nunn–Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, ensuring that all nuclear, chemical and biological weapons from post-Soviet states, are secured and dismantled. Levin argued that Nunn-Lugar presented "a chance to bury the new Hitlers and Stalins of that region before they have a chance to take root."

After members of the U.S. House of Representatives and then-Senator Bob Smith (R-NH) threatened to redirect funds from the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, Levin joined a bipartisan group of senators in opposition to the 20% reduction in funding.In 2003, he voted in favor of the Nunn-Lugar Expansion Act, expanding the provisions to non-Soviet countries, and in 2005 cosponsored Senate Amendment 1030, removing congressionally imposed restrictions that delay the implementations of 2003 expansion act.

As Chair of the Armed Services Committee, Levin was instrumental in the enactment of the Matthew Shephard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 and the legislation ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gays in the military in 2010. He played a vital role in the enactment of legislation addressing the problem of sexual assault in the military in 2013 and 2014.

Levin led Senate investigations into the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. He also played a key role in the enactment of the Detainee Treatment Act, which prohibited the torture of detainees in U.S. custody. Levin insisted on the inclusion of language that, as affirmed by the Supreme Court, ensured that the legislation would not deprive detainees of their right to access to the federal courts under a writ of habeas corpus.

Under Levin's leadership, the Senate Armed Services Committee conducted oversight hearings ranging from counterfeit parts in the DOD procurement system to the use of private security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.In 2014, Levin was recognized by the Jewish Community Center Association of North America with the Frank L. Weil Jewish Military Award for legislation that has benefitted Jews and other minorities serving in the military.

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