Mike Levin
Mike Levin.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 49th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byDarrell Issa
Personal details
Born
Michael Ted Levin

(1978-10-20) October 20, 1978 (age 44)
Inglewood, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse
Chrissy Parker
(m. 2011)
Children2
Residence(s)San Juan Capistrano, California, U.S.
EducationStanford University (BA)
Duke University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Michael Ted Levin (born October 20, 1978) is an American politician serving since 2019 as the U.S. representative from California's 49th congressional district, which covers most of northern coastal San Diego County, as well as part of southern Orange County. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 2018 and reelected in 2020.[1]

Early life and education

Levin was born in Inglewood, California, and raised in Lake Forest, California,[2] in South Orange County.[3] His mother is Mexican-American and his father is Jewish.[4] Levin was raised in both the Jewish and Catholic faiths.[5] He attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles before attending Stanford University. At Stanford, Levin served as president of the student body.[6] He attended law school at Duke University School of Law before returning to Orange County.

Early career

Levin co-founded CleanTech OC, a clean energy trade association in Orange County,[7] and was profiled in an OC Metro "40 Under 40" piece for his work at FlexEnergy, a company that developed a technology to capture and use methane from landfills and wastewater treatment facilities.[8] He was the director of government affairs at FuelCell Energy from 2014 to 2017.[9] He also served as vice president of Better Energy Systems, a consumer-facing cleantech startup based in Berkeley, California,[10] and on the board of directors of the Center for Sustainable Energy, an environmental organization based in San Diego.[11] In this capacity, Levin opposed the redevelopment of Encina Power Station, arguing that "the proposed Carlsbad plant contradicts the priorities that California has established to reduce pollution across our state as it will use combustion to generate power."[9]

Levin served as the executive director of the Democratic Party of Orange County.[11] He later served on the National Finance Committee for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign for President.[12][13][14]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

See also: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in California § District 49

On March 8, 2017, Levin announced his candidacy for United States Congress in California's 49th congressional district to replace incumbent Representative Darrell Issa.[11] The district had historically been one of Southern California's more Republican districts, but redistricting after the 2010 census cut out most of its heavily Republican inland portion, making it significantly more competitive. Issa had nearly been defeated in 2016 as Hillary Clinton carried the district.

At a town hall event that Issa held on March 11, 2017, Levin publicly confronted Issa and mentioned a book he had sent Issa in 2016, Climate Change for Beginners. Levin charged that Issa's solution to climate problems "is to build more natural gas plants and to keep the nuclear energy plants online for longer.... I think that's an unfathomable proposal for a progressive and environmentally-friendly place like San Diego."[15][16] On January 10, 2018, Issa announced his retirement.[17]

Levin campaigned with a platform focused on energy and environmental issues.[18]

Due to the competitive character of the race as well as the absence of an incumbent, there were 16 candidates on the ballot in the primary.[19] The large number of candidates in the nonpartisan blanket primary led to fears that Democrats would be locked out of the general election.[20][21]

In the June 5 primary, Levin came in second to Republican State Board of Equalization chair Diane Harkey and advanced to the general election. This assured that the district would be represented by someone from the Orange County portion of the district, though the 49th is a San Diego district by weight of population. Levin is from San Juan Capistrano, while Harkey is from nearby Dana Point.

Barack Obama endorsed Levin as well as other candidates.[22]

2020

See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in California § District 49

He won reelection in 2020 with 53.1% of the vote against Brian Maryott.[citation needed]

2022

See also: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in California § District 49

Levin is running for reelection to the district in the 2022 election.[23]

Tenure

As of October 2022, Levin had voted in line with President Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time.[24]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Abortion

Levin has a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and an F rating from the Susan B. Anthony List for his voting record on abortion-related issues.[29][30] He has emphasized his support for "a woman's right to a safe, legal abortion".[31]

Climate change

Levin has made climate change a priority, and for this reason, national media focused on energy and environmental issues cited his 2022 reelection bid as one of the top races to watch.[32] He voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the largest climate policy ever passed by Congress.[33]

Levin supports the Green New Deal.[34]

Inflation

Levin supported the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.[35]

Infrastructure

Levin voted for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that authorizes spending to rebuild U.S. infrastructure and fund new initiatives related to climate resilience and broadband infrastructure.[36]

Levin supports relocating the railway line off of the coastal bluffs of Del Mar to a more secure location.[37] He plans to continue advocating for more funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to complete a rail tunnel under Del Mar by 2035.[38]

Gun policy

In 2022, Levin voted for H.R. 1808: Assault Weapons Ban of 2022.[39][40] He also voted for the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which CNN called "the most significant new federal gun safety measure in decades."[41][42]

Voting rights

Levin voted for the For the People Act, a bill intended to expand voting rights.[43][44]

Personal life

Levin lives in San Juan Capistrano with his wife, Chrissy, and their two children.[2][45]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Mike Levin". Ballotpedia. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Wisckol, Martin (March 9, 2017). "Democratic activist Mike Levin joins race against Rep. Darrell Issa". Orange County Register. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Levin, Mike. "About Me". Mike Levin for Congress. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Staggs, Brooke (October 16, 2020). "Democrat Mike Levin and Republican Brian Maryott battle gently for 49th District House race". The Orange County Register. Retrieved November 14, 2021.
  5. ^ "No Gambler: An Interview With Congressman Mike Levin | SD JEWISH JOURNAL". sdjewishjournal.com. January 2, 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  6. ^ Brown, Alice (April 18, 2000). "Levin and Mills reflect on past year's accomplishments, regrets". The Stanford Daily. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Hsu, Tiffany (November 18, 2010). "Orange County hits pay dirt with clean-tech industry". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "40 Under 40". Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Levin, Mike. "Proposed Carlsbad Energy Plant Contradicts State Priorities". Center for Sustainable Energy. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Levin, Mike (March 19, 2010). "Congressional Inaction Is Cleantech's Biggest Stumbling Block". Environmental Protection Online. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c Quach, Hoa (March 8, 2017). "OC Attorney to Challenge Rep. Darrell Issa in 2018". Times of San Diego. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  12. ^ Johnson, Ted (August 23, 2016). "Hillary Clinton Continues Fundraising Swing at Home of Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel". Variety. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  13. ^ Strause, Jackie (August 2, 2016). "Hillary Clinton's Stop at Leonardo DiCaprio's House Highlights Two-Day, Big-Bucks Hollywood Fundraising Tour". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  14. ^ Bellantoni, Christina (August 3, 2016). "Essential Politics: Republican defections and crying babies". Los Angeles Times.
  15. ^ Combs, Seth. "Mike Levin enters stage left". San Diego City Beat. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  16. ^ Black, Lisa (March 13, 2017). "Congressman Darrell Issa Finally Agreed to Two Town Halls that Went Badly For Him". OC Weekly. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  17. ^ Mai-Duc, Christine; Wire, Sarah (January 10, 2018). "Issa becomes second California Republican to announce retirement as Democrats look to reclaim House". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
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  20. ^ Heller, Nathan (June 4, 2018). "A Tight, Chaotic Primary Race in California's Forty-Ninth District". The New Yorker. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  21. ^ Bowman, Bridget (June 1, 2018). "Democratic Poll: Mike Levin Ahead in California's 49th District". Roll Call. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  22. ^ JENNEWEIN, CHRIS (August 2, 2018). "President Obama Endorses Levin, Campa-Najjar in San Diego House Districts". Times of San Diego. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  23. ^ "CERTIFIED LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR THE JUNE 7, 2022, PRIMARY ELECTION" (PDF). Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  24. ^ Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (April 22, 2021). "Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  25. ^ "Caucus Members". Congressional Progressive Caucus. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  26. ^ "Committees and Caucuses". Representative Mike Levin. December 13, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  27. ^ "10 Years After Disastrous Citizens United Decision, Rose, Porter, Freshmen Dems Launch New 'End Corruption' Caucus". U.S. Congressman Max Rose. January 16, 2020. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  28. ^ "Members". House Pro Choice Caucus. August 19, 2021.
  29. ^ "Mike Levin". SBA Pro-Life America. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  30. ^ "Mike Levin". NARAL Pro-Choice America. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  31. ^ "Column: Levin stresses abortion rights, Maryott focuses on inflation as House race heats up". San Diego Union-Tribune. September 25, 2022. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  32. ^ Cahlink, George (September 30, 2022). "32 House races to watch on energy and environment". E&E News. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  33. ^ Newburger, Emma. "Inflation Reduction Act could curb climate damages by up to $1.9 trillion, White House says". CNBC. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  34. ^ "Rep. Mike Levin on why the Green New Deal is so important".
  35. ^ "Biden's $430B Inflation Reduction Bill Passes House with Help from San Diego Democrats". Times of San Diego. August 13, 2022. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  36. ^ Cochrane, Emily (August 10, 2021). "Senate Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill, Handing Biden a Bipartisan Win". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  37. ^ Slane, Bill (August 18, 2021). "The Coast News Group". The Coast News Group. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  38. ^ Place, Laura (October 26, 2022). "The Coast News Group". The Coast News Group. Retrieved October 27, 2022.
  39. ^ McKend, Daniella Diaz,Annie Grayer,Eva (July 29, 2022). "House passes assault-style weapons ban | CNN Politics". CNN.
  40. ^ "H.R. 1808: Assault Weapons Ban of 2022 -- House Vote #410 -- Jul 29, 2022". GovTrack.us.
  41. ^ Fox, Lauren (June 22, 2022). "Here's what's in the bipartisan gun safety bill | CNN Politics". CNN. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  42. ^ "FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 299". United States Congress. June 24, 2022. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  43. ^ "H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2021". United States Congress. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  44. ^ "FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 118". United States Congress. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
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