Rep. Sander “Sandy” Levin (D-Mich.) announced on Saturday that after 18 terms in Congress, he will not run for re-election next year.
“I have been incredibly honored to serve the people of Michigan in Congress and to work on so many issues important to our communities, our state, and our nation,” Levin said in a statement.
Levin has served over three decades in the House, and provided a forceful liberal voice on health care, taxes and trade. He was chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee during passage of the Affordable Care Act and was a strong opponent of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“His commitment to always ‘dig deeply into the facts’ has made Levin both a respected and effective lawmaker, and leaves the U.S. Congress a stronger, better institution,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Levin said he planned to join the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the end of this term where he said he hopes to help develop the next generation of leaders.
Levin’s brother Carl, was also elected to Congress and served as Michigan’s senator from 1979 until 2015. According to the Associated Press, they were the longest-serving sibling duo in congressional history.