Update: Salutes to Rep. Sander Levin, 86, Follow His 2018 Retirement Announcement

Admirers of Sander Levin react to Saturday's disclosure that the Detroit Democrat leaves Congress after next year, closing a political career that began in 1964 with election to the Michigan Senate.

These are among tributes acknowledging "the end of an era," as state ACLU chapter director Katy Moss puts it:

One of Michigan's two Democratic senators posts this farewell to his congressional colleague and fellow Metro Detroiter:


Original article, Saturday morning:

Democratic Rep. Sander Levin of Royal Oak, a longtime fixture in Michigan politics, won't run for a 19th term in 2018.

Rep. Sander Levin was born in Detroit.

"It is the honor of a lifetime to serve Michigan in the U.S. Congress. My constituents enabled me to address some of the most important issues of our time," Levin said in an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press.

"They have supported me with a sense of fairness, even if we disagreed on a specific issue. I am deeply appreciative."

Levin, 86-year-old brother of former Sen. Carl Levin, plans to join the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the end of his term. 

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