ANN ARBOR – U.S. Rep. Sandy Levin, who announced that he won’t seek re-election in 2018, will join the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy as a Distinguished Policymaker in Residence in January 2019.
Levin, a Democrat from Royal Oak, served in the House for 34 years. He chaired the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, and was in that post in 2010 when the committee played a key role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act. He later served as the ranking Democrat on Ways and Means before stepping aside in 2016.
“I am thrilled that Sandy Levin will be joining us, bringing his many decades of public service to our community,” said Michael Barr, dean of the Ford School. “Levin’s deep experience will be a great asset to our students and faculty.”
In his new role, he will teach and mentor students on leadership, international trade, poverty and other issues.
“The Ford School is one of the nation’s top public policy schools and I am very much looking forward to working with its faculty and students,” Levin said.
Levin was born in Detroit. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in international relations from Columbia University, and a law degree from Harvard University. He developed a private law practice, served two terms in the Michigan State Senate, and served as an assistant administrator at the Agency for International Development before his election to the U.S. Congress in 1983.