Incoming Michigan congressional members head to Harvard

    Two newly elected Democratic members of Michigan’s congressional delegation recently shared their thoughts on an early-December trip to Harvard University that included some of the country’s top business executives.

    U.S. Reps.-elect Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) were among the newly-elected congressional representatives to take part in a semi-annual retreat hosted by the university’s Institute of Politics to hear from professors and business leaders on issues that the leaders might be dealing with, according to a post by the Harvard Political Review.

    Rashida Tlaib | Twitter

    But the event was also marked by protest from critical incoming Democratic lawmakers like Tlaib and U.S. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York).

    Tlaib, for example, took issue with the inclusion of Gary Cohn, the former economic advisor to President Donald Trump and a long-time banking executive with Goldman Sachs.

    “No Gary, YOU don’t know what’s coming – a revolutionary Congress that puts people over profits,” Tlaib said in a tweet regarding some of Cohn’s statements to the representatives.

    Andy Levin | Twitter

    Likewise, Levin — a Harvard Law School alum who the publication called “perhaps the most interesting member-elect at the event” due to his working-class attire — noted his desire to shift the country’s balance of power.

    “It was great to meet students formally and informally outside [at the protests],” Levin said. “But we heard from a wide, wide range of views and people who think we need to move very aggressively to transform the power structures of this country and [from] people who, to someone like me, would seem like their main function in life is to keep the power structures in this society just how they are.”

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.

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