Deadline Detroit | ‘A rare species of Democrat:’ Politico magazine salutes Carl Levin among notable losses of 2021


Carl Levin, the veteran U.S. senator from Detroit who died July 29 at age 87, is commemorated Monday alongside Vernon Jordan, Walter Mondale, Colin Powell, bell hooks, Bob Dole, Ramsey Clark and other influential leaders whose loss “shook politics in 2021.”

Carl Levin in 2014. Voters “felt they could trust him, even if they might not always agree with him.” (Photo: Carrie Budzinski)

Politico magazine describes Levin as “an uncommon man with a common touch — someone who was able to bridge all sorts of tricky fault lines in Michigan.”

At a time when city-versus-suburb and Metro-Detroit-versus-everybody-else were dividing lines in the state, Levin improbably rose directly from Detroit City Council president to U.S. Senate, defeating an incumbent Republican in 1978, a year in which Michiganders reelected Republican Gov. Bill Milliken with 57 percent…

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