Longtime Michigan Democratic Congressman Announces Retirement

Rep. Sander Levin (D., Mich.) / Getty

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Democratic Rep. Sander Levin (Mich.) announced Saturday that he will not seek reelection in 2018.

The 86-year-old Detroit native has served in Congress for 35 years. Levin was handily reelected to his seat in 2016. According to CNN, he has represented three different districts over his legislative career due to changing district boundaries.

"It is the honor of a lifetime to serve Michigan in the U.S. Congress," he wrote in the Detroit Free Press. "My constituents enabled me to address some of the most important issues of our time. They have supported me with a sense of fairness even if we disagreed on a specific issue. I am deeply appreciative."

Levin said he wanted to help "renew public trust" in public institutions, citing the "perils of the Trump presidency."

"I now look forward to sharing the values that I learned in my family and in my public life in ways other than being an elected official," Levin wrote. "I hope to help renew public trust in public institutions, which is all the more important given the perils of the Trump presidency. And I want to connect directly with our next generation of leaders. "

Levin, who serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, said he would join the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy after his term ended.

His brother, Carl Levin, served in the U.S. Senate for Michigan from 1979 to 2015.

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