Press Advisory

Using Trade as a Tool to Shape Globalization

Rep. Sander Levin discusses globalization and the shared benefits here and abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The inaugural event for the Globalization and the Social Compact Series will be Monday, March 5, 2007 at the Center for American Progress. Rep. Sander Levin will share his views about globalization and trade, and how progressives can use trade policy as a means to structure globalization most effectively.

The Globalization and Social Compact series is a newly launched project at the Center for American Progress. Through an ongoing series of events, panels, discussions, and policy briefs, the Globalization and Social Compact project seeks to develop progressive approaches designed to ensure that globalization leads to broadly shared benefits, both here and abroad.

Featured Speaker:
Congressman Sander Levin (D-MI), Chairman, Trade Subcommittee of Ways and Means

Introduction by:
Gene Sperling, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress


March 5, 2007, 1:00pm2:00pm
Lunch will be served at 12:30 P.M.


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Sander Levin currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over all tax, trade and economic growth policies, and entitlement spending, including Social Security, Medicare, welfare, and unemployment compensation. He is the Ranking Democrat on the Social Security Subcommittee. He also serves on the Trade Subcommittee.

He is known as a leader on trade issues—seeking ways to use trade policy to shape globalization. He has persistently challenged unfair trade practices that threaten U.S. manufacturers and U.S. jobs.

Sander Levin was elected to the State Senate in 1964, serving on the Education and Labor Committee. He was Senate Minority Leader (1969/70). In 1970 and 1974, Levin was the Democratic candidate for Governor. After a four year assignment as Assistant Administrator in the Agency for International Development, he was elected to Congress in 1982. Sander Levin has represented Michigan’s 12th Congressional District since 1992. The District now includes almost 60 percent of Macomb County and spans from Clinton Township/Mount Clemens and Lake St. Clair to Southfield.

At home he is working to help communities create coalitions to combat drug and alcohol abuse among teenagers. From this experience, Levin co-authored the federal Drug Free Communities Act, which has funded over 400 of these programs nationwide. His work on the Anti-Crime bill has resulted in more than 70 additional community police officers, a new multi-jurisdictional unit, and $17 million for a consortium of 44 police agencies in Oakland County to upgrade crime-fighting technology at local police departments. Levin served on the local committee that facilitated the transfer of the former tank plant in Warren to private use. He is actively involved in a variety of efforts to improve water quality throughout the region, including Lake St. Clair and numerous other local projects.

Born in Detroit, Levin graduated from Central High School. He earned his B.A. at the University of Chicago, his M.A. in international relations from Columbia University and a law degree from Harvard University. Sander Levin and his wife, Vicki, have four children and seven grandchildren. His brother, Carl, serves in the United States Senate.

Gene B. Sperling is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Director of the Globalization and Social Compact series. He served in the Clinton administration as the President’s National Economic Adviser and Director of the National Economic Council. Sperling was the third person to hold the role of chief economic adviser in the White House, following Robert Rubin and Laura Tyson.

Sperling, who served as either National Economic Adviser or as Deputy NEC Director for all eight years, was called by Clinton “the MVP” of the economic team. As Director of the NEC, Sperling was responsible for coordinating domestic and international economic cabinet members. Sperling coordinated the president’s Social Security and debt reduction efforts, and played a key role in such initiatives as the 1993 Deficit Reduction Act, the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the and technology literacy initiative.

Sperling also works on a variety of economic and international issues in several capacities: he is Senior Fellow for Economic Policy and Director at the Center on Universal Education at the Council of Foreign Relations; a weekly Economic Columnist for Bloomberg News; a frequent commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg Television, CNN, and Evening News on federal reserve policy, consumer confidence, and tax and budget issues; and was a contributing writer and consultant on NBC television drama, “The West Wing.”