Center for American Progress

RELEASE: CAP Welcomes Rep. Andy Levin as Distinguished Senior Fellow
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RELEASE: CAP Welcomes Rep. Andy Levin as Distinguished Senior Fellow

Washington, D.C. — Former Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) will serve as a distinguished senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. At CAP, Rep. Levin will focus on connections between economic growth and democratic accountability, both in the United States and around the world. He will also help guide CAP’s work on the implementation of the infrastructure law, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act.

“Across his decades in public service, Rep. Levin has developed a deep understanding of the ways in which strong economies and strong democracies are interconnected at home and abroad,” said Patrick Gaspard, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress. “Thanks to the passage of President Joe Biden’s economic legislation, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform many of the communities that have been left behind over the past half century, making things at home again, fixing outdated infrastructure, and connecting workers with jobs. Rep. Levin has dedicated his career to doing exactly this type of work, both in his home state of Michigan and in the U.S. Congress. We couldn’t be more excited to have Rep. Levin’s expertise help guide our work at CAP at this critical moment.”

“I’m so thrilled to join CAP to help develop and disseminate policies designed to make our nation and world more just across the board—racially, economically, socially, environmentally,” said Rep. Levin. “I look forward to working with CAP colleagues to help ensure that implementation of the breakthrough legislation we passed in the 117th Congress leads to a period of broadly shared prosperity, with ample training for people often left out and high-quality, union jobs to broaden the American middle class.”

The Honorable Andy Levin served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2019 to 2023, representing Michigan’s 9th District. Before serving in Congress, Levin created and ran a statewide market to help Michigan businesses and nonprofits obtain favorable financing to deploy renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. From 2007 to 2011, Levin served as deputy director and acting director of Michigan’s Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth and as Michigan’s first chief workforce officer. In the Clinton administration, Levin worked in Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s office to fend off House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s (R-GA) efforts to weaken worker protections and served as staff attorney for the president’s Commission on the Future of Worker-Management Relations. Around the time of his stints in government, Levin spent many years helping workers organize and bargain for a better life, first for five years with the Service Employees International Union, then in the United Auto Workers Health and Safety Department, and finally for 11 years as assistant director of organizing for the national AFL-CIO, where he created and ran programs such as Union Summer and the Voice@Work Campaign, which launched the Employee Free Choice Act in the 2000s. Rep. Levin is an honors graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School, and he earned his master’s degree in Asian languages and cultures at the University of Michigan, where he was a Mellon fellow in the humanities.

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