Union leaders eye Rep. Levin for Biden labor secretary 

    Rep. Andy Levin at "Solidarity Sunday" at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, Sept. 22, 2019 | Andrew Roth
    Updated, 8:56 a.m., 11/12/20

    U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) is garnering support from union leaders for President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for labor secretary. 

    Levin has experience as a former union organizer for the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO and as the acting director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth in former Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administration. 

    He was first elected to Congress in 2018 and succeeded his father, longtime U.S. Rep. Sandy Levin. Andy Levin endorsed U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in the Democratic presidential primary.

    Chris Shelton, Communications Workers of America president, told the Detroit Free Press Tuesday the union supports Levin for Biden’s cabinet.

    “Rebuilding the middle class is at the heart of President-elect Joe Biden’s agenda, and Congressman Levin’s vision and experience will allow him to begin executing that agenda immediately,” Shelton said. 

    Other names in the mix are U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency Julie Su, AFL-CIO economist Bill Spriggs and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), who was first elected in 2014.

    Levin said he is “honored that many of the leaders with whom I have worked shoulder to shoulder over the decades think it might be a good idea for me to serve in the Biden administration,” and added he wants to help the incoming president succeed in any way he can. 

    Levin’s 9th Congressional District has a strong Democratic base and straddles Macomb* and Oakland counties. If he were tapped, there could be a crowded Democratic field in a special election.

    Correction: This story has been updated to include the correct geography of the 9th District.

    Allison Donahue
    Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.