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Sen. Carl Levin

Former Senator for Michigan

Levin was a senator from Michigan and was a Democrat. He served from 1979 to 2014.

Photo of Sen. Carl Levin [D-MI, 1979-2014]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Levin.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Levin is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2014 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Levin sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 12, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Levin was the primary sponsor of 51 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 51 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Levin sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (36%) Private Legislation (21%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Taxation (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Levin recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Levin voted Yea

Bill Passed 76/16 on Dec 16, 2014.

Levin voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Levin voted Nay

Bill Passed 92/4 on Dec 6, 2012.

The Magnitsky Act, formally known as the Russia and Moldova Jackson–Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012, is a bipartisan …

Levin voted Nay

Levin voted Nay

Levin voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known …

Levin voted Nay

Bill Passed 65/27 on Jun 21, 2007.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Pub.L. 110-140 originally named the Clean Energy Act of 2007) is an Act of Congress concerning the …

Levin voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Feb 1979 to Dec 2014, Levin missed 170 of 12,785 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is better than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: