Two Generations of Levins Talk State of American Politics on Detroit Today

Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and Congressman Andy Levin talk gerrymandering, Trump’s budget, and the state of American politics.

Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)

The Levin family is one of the most powerful political dynasties in the history of Michigan — and, perhaps, the United States.

Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin is one of the longest-serving members of the Senate. Now, his nephew, Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) is one of the newest members of Congress. 

Stephen Henderson welcomes both Levins to Detroit Today for separate conversations about the state of politics in America.

Carl Levin will be a featured speaker on Friday at an event organized by the Journal of Law in Society and the Levin Center at Wayne Law.  The event — “Gerrymandering: The Power of Boundaries” — will convene national experts including Sen. Levin to talk about the practice of partisan drawings of political lines. Michigan voters decided in November that it was time to end the practice of letting partisan interests draw legislative districts. Now citizens will make those decisions. The symposium will look at the questions that still need to be worked out and the issues that still exist.

Andy Levin

Sen. Levin is joined on the program by Eric Lupher, president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, who is one of the lead organizers of the event.

Andy Levin is home in Michigan’s 9th Congressional District as he and his House colleagues take a short break from lawmaking. For many of them, this is the first chance to hold town hall meetings with their constituents. Rep. Levin held his first town hall Wednesday night. He talks about what he’s hearing from his constituents, how President Trump’s proposed budget might affect his district and the entire Great Lakes region, and some of the latest news out of Washington D.C.

Click on the audio player above to hear those conversations.


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