WASHINGTON, March 8, 2013 – Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who announced Thursday that he will not run for re-election in 2014, will be “sorely missed,” said Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. 

“Words cannot describe the value of Carl Levin’s service to our state and to our country,” Stabenow said. “Carl is respected by our colleagues in both parties because he has always been more concerned with getting the right answer and doing the right thing, rather than earning accolades for himself or engaging in partisan fights. “

Stabenow called Levin “an incredible colleague” and a “wonderful friend.”

“But before he can be missed, we still have two more years to work together for Michigan,” Stabenow said. “I look forward to continuing to fight side-by-side with him on behalf of the people of Michigan, just as he has always done throughout his remarkable career.”

Levin said his decision was “extremely difficult.”

“I can best serve my state and nation by concentrating in the next two years on the challenging issues before us that I am in a position to help address; in other words, by doing my job without the distraction of campaigning for re-election,” Levin said. 


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