Michigan Senate Democrats on March 5, 1968, selected Coleman A. Young of Detroit as their floor leader.
The 49-year-old Young replaced Sandy Levin, who was voted in January chair of the Democratic State Central Committee in January, the Lansing State Journal reported. Levin would eventually serve as Sente minority leader.
Young was the first African-American to serve in the post. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native would later be elected mayor of Detroit, where he served five terms until retiring in 1994.
Levin ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1970 and 1974 and was defeated both times by GOP Gov. William Milliken.
Levin served in the U.S. House of Representatives starting in 1983 and retired in January. He was succeeded by his son, Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), in the 9th District seat encompassing Oakland and Macomb counties.
Young’s son, Coleman Young II, also followed in his political footsteps. The Detroit Democrat served in the state House and Senate for more than a decade. He was termed out of the Senate in January. He’s also had unsuccessful runs for Congress and Detroit mayor.
Coleman A. Young died in 1997.