Michigan's Carl Levin, 36-year veteran of U.S. Senate, dies at 87
Former US Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) Died Thursday, confirmed by his family and the Levin Center in Wayne Law - which bore his name. He was 87.
Why it's important: The Detroit native served in the US Senate for 36 years, twice chaired the Armed Services Committee and is believed to have helped overthrow the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” military rule.
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What they say: “He had a penchant for seeing the world through the eyes of people fighting injustice and was called to hold our democratic institutions accountable to everyone - first as a student activist, then as a young defender, Detroit City Councilor and US Senator, "said the family's statement.
"In everything he did, he defended the unique American thesis that no matter our skin color, our worship, who we love, we are created equal to the privilege of our parentage or the size of our bank accounts." . "
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