Levin is a Distinguished Policymaker in Residence at the Ford School. He comes to the Ford School having represented residents of Southeast Michigan in Congress for more than 35 years. In that time, Levin was actively involved in the major debates confronting our nation including welfare reform, the auto industry rescue, China’s entry into the World Trade Organization, the Iran Nuclear Agreement and every critical economic policy issue. He chaired the House Ways and Means Committee including during passage of the Affordable Care Act, drafted the language to add enforceable labor and environmental standards in trade agreements for the first time, and successfully fought the privatization of Social Security. Born in Detroit, Levin 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, ran for Governor and served as an assistant administrator at the Agency for International Development before his election to Congress.