DETROIT (AP) – Former Senator Carl Levin, who was a powerful voice for the military during his career as Michigan’s longest-serving US Senator, has died. The Democrat was 87 years old. Levin’s family say Levin died Thursday. As a Washington insider, Levin took a civil but straightforward approach to governance and worked effectively with Republicans and other Democrats. He was a long-time member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and co-chair of the Senate Auto Caucus, which promoted policies that benefited the domestic auto industry. Levin ousted Republican Robert Griffin in the 1978 US Senate elections. He was re-elected five times, but did not opt for a seventh term in 2014.
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