Former Michigan Democrat Senator Carl Levin has now passed away at the age of 87.
As The Hill reports:
Former Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), a 36-year veteran of the Senate and a key voice on military issues, has died at the age of 87.
The Levin Center at Wayne State University in Detroit announced the late senator’s death Thursday evening, calling him “a dearly beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, and life-long public servant.”
“For those who were lucky enough to be a part of his early work in Detroit, his decades in the Senate, and beyond, he was an inspirational leader and so much more,” the statement said.
Levin, the longest-serving senator in Michigan history, retired in 2015 after more than three decades in the chamber.
Social Media saw an outpouring of remembrances of Levin after the news of his death broke:
Carl Levin was a wonderful Senator and an even better man. Loaded with intelligence and integrity, he led the most complicated efforts to get public policy right, with an emphasis on the public good. I was so grateful for his mentoring and friendship. My sympathy to his family.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) July 30, 2021
Senator Levin was one of the finest leaders to have ever served the State of Michigan and our country. He was not only a mentor – he was a personal friend — who will be missed deeply. Read my full statement: https://t.co/qP8Qfx7Ll1 pic.twitter.com/Lh8LOxeMZE
— Senator Gary Peters (@SenGaryPeters) July 30, 2021
Senator Carl Levin was a living embodiment of the word “mensch.” He showed that kindness is not weakness, and that you can be powerful while being decent, in fact that’s the only way to serve. May his memory be a blessing.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) July 30, 2021