Distinguished Senior Fellow
The Hon. Andy Levin (D) is a distinguished senior fellow with American Progress. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2019 to 2023, representing Michigan’s 9th District. Before serving in Congress, Levin created and ran a statewide market to help Michigan businesses and nonprofits obtain favorable financing to deploy renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. From 2007 to 2011, Levin served as deputy director and acting director of Michigan’s Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth, and as Michigan’s first chief workforce officer. In the Clinton administration, Levin worked in Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s office to fend off Speaker Newt Gingrich’s (R-GA) efforts to weaken worker protections and served as staff attorney for the president’s Commission on the Future of Worker-Management Relations. Around his stints in government, Levin spent many years helping workers organize and bargain for a better life, first for five years with the Service Employees International Union, then in the United Auto Workers Health and Safety department, and finally for 11 years as assistant director of organizing for the national AFL-CIO, where he created and ran programs such as Union Summer and the Voice@Work Campaign, which launched the Employee Free Choice Act in the 2000s. Levin is an honors graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School, and he earned a master’s in Asian languages and cultures at the University of Michigan, where he was a Mellon Fellow in the humanities.