Levin Announces Bid for Michigan’s Eleventh Congressional District
December 28, 2021
BLOOMFIELD TWP., MI – Today, Congressman Andy Levin released the following statement:
“For decades, working people have gotten the short end of the stick. We find ourselves at an incredible moment of opportunity to create a healthier and more just society, together challenging the trickle-down economics of the Reagan era with a bold, inclusive vision for America. This year, I was proud to vote the American Rescue Plan and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law to put money in the pockets of working families and to hold the line to pass the Build Back Better Act through the House of Representatives. Working families are seeing Washington deliver at long last, and we must keep up this incredible momentum and meet this moment.
“That’s why today, I am announcing that I will run for reelection where I grew up and where I live, in Michigan’s newly-drawn Eleventh Congressional District in 2022.
“I am proud to be a fourth-generation resident of the heart of this new district in Oakland County. My grandfather Morris Levinson opened a general store on the corner of Maple and Old Woodward in Birmingham in the 1890s. My Grandma Bess was born in her family home on Brown Street, nearby.
“My parents moved to Berkley, where my three siblings and I attended the great public schools (go Bears!). My wife Mary and I have raised our four kids in Bloomfield Township, and my kids have attended the Birmingham Public Schools. We have watched soccer, basketball and hockey games at many of the schools throughout the new Eleventh District, chatting with parents and grandparents about their families' lives. My dad lives nearby in Royal Oak, and between my dad, my late Uncle Carl and me, we’ve walked in countless parades down Main Street there as well as Troy, Huntington Woods and Clawson for decades, shaking hands and hearing what’s on our neighbors minds.
“When I grew up in Berkley, most people could work one job in a factory or tool and die shop or store and have a secure, middle-class life. Over the course of my adulthood that’s all been whittled away. As the top one percent amass obscene amounts of wealth, it has gotten harder and harder for families in Oakland County to have a real shot at a middle-class life.
“I ran for Congress in 2018 to help change all that. I have had the honor of representing and fighting every day for many of the new Eleventh District’s cities and townships in Congress. Together, we have navigated the ongoing pandemic, worked with local advocates to have new bills passed to protect domestic abuse survivors, kept small businesses open with grant funding and much more. Finally, we are seeing millions of dollars flow into our communities to create good-paying, union jobs and to address long standing issues of equity and opportunity. I cannot wait to see what more we can accomplish together.
“In the months ahead, I look forward to earning your vote and your trust, to creating a more perfect union where every one of us has access to quality public education, affordable child care, a family-sustaining job, a dignified retirement, universal health care and a livable, peaceful planet. I’m ready to get to work – see you on the trail!”