WASHINGTON – After nearly four decades as a United States senator, Carl Levin (D-MI) is set to retire – but not before looking back on his career.
His office walls are lined with letters written by former President Harry Truman, and Levin has a book of Truman’s letters, too.
“He was a real role model, a gutsy guy,” Levin said of the former commander-in-chief.
Levin has shown he’s gutsy, too. Especially during the investigation surrounding the 2008 financial crisis.
Levin’s retirement has some people in corporate America breathing a sigh of relief. But, he said they shouldn’t feel too comfortable.
“I don’t think they should be sighing too long,” Levin said. “Particularly if democrats continue in control of the Senate, there will be people who will understand that corporate America as a whole is doing very, very well and middle-income America is not doing well.”
Levin’s office holds more than just letters by Truman; there are memories from his personal life on display, too. There are pictures of the 80-year-old senator with the Pope, Rosa Parks and, of course, the President.
There are also stacks of paper and folders everywhere – a reminder that there’s still a lot of work to be done. Levin is the the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and he and his colleagues are currently working on the Defense Authorization Bill, in the middle of the debate over ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
“The world should be joined together against ISIS, in support of local armed forces,” Levin said.
Levin does not describe himself as the nostalgic type, but he said there is one person in the House of Representatives that will be especially difficult to leave – Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), Senator Levin’s brother.
“It’s hard! We’ve been together all of our lives,” Levin said with a smile. “Our family is a very close family, that’s going to continue, even though we may be hundreds of miles apart, we’ll find ways to get together.”
After leaving the presidency, President Truman headed home to his family. And, following in his footsteps, Levin is headed home, too.