Members of Michigan Legislature respond to Rep. Sander Levin's retirement announcement


Sen. Gary Peters and Rep. Dan Kildee released statements Saturday after Rep. Sander Levin announced he would be retiring.

Levin said he would not seek re-election for a 39th term in 2018.

READ: Longtime Michigan Rep. Sander Levin to retire

Peters' statement:

Sandy Levin is someone who has been a mentor and role model for me, and his dedication to public service will be missed in the halls of Congress and across Southeast Michigan. If there is one lasting legacy Sandy will leave behind, it is his steadfast commitment to improving the lives of working people. Whether it was fighting for workers affected by trade deals or protecting Medicare and Social Security from cuts and privatization, Sandy always put people first. The embodiment of a true public servant, Sandy fought for better jobs, improved health care and a secure retirement for everyone, and I wish him the best as he moves to the next chapter in his life.

Kildee's statement:

“I have respected Sandy since my earliest days in politics. To have the opportunity to serve with him in Congress has been an incredible honor. Sandy isn’t just a colleague; he is a mentor and dear friend.

“For decades, Sandy has fought for fair trade deals, affordable health care, and the rights of workers everywhere. His contributions will be evident for a long time, not just in the U.S., but around the globe.

“I will never forget that Sandy was one of the first Members of Congress to come to Flint and help residents recover from the water crisis. His devotion to public service is unwavering.”

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