Carl Levin, born June 28, 1934 (age 86) in Detroit, Michigan, is a former liberal United States Democrat senator for the state of Michigan. He was first elected to the United States Senate in 1978. Since then, he was reelected six straight times. He is the former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Levin graduated from Harvard Law School in 1959 and was admitted to the Michigan bar the same year. In Detroit he worked as a assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan and chief appellate defender until 1969, when he joined the Detroit counsel counsel. In 1974, Levin was elected president of the Detroit city council and held the position until he ran for United States Senate in 1978.
Levin's voting record in the senate proves that he is a hard-core liberal. Levin supports the expansion of embryonic stem cell research, and voted no on mandatory parental notification for minors who wish to get an out of state abortion. NARAL, A liberal abortion rights group, gave him a 100% rating, proving his pro-abortion stance. Levin also opposes the federal marriage amendment.
Levin's voting record shows his unwillingness to cut government spending and taxes. In 2005 Leven voted against a bill that would reduce federal spending by over 440 billion, he also also voted against initiating a government effectiveness rating. He also voted against a bill which would give citizens $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years.