District 9: U.S. Rep. Levin wins re-election

Keith Laing Detroit News Washington Bureau

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin has defeated Republican Christopher Morse in the race for Michigan’s 9th Congressional District seat.

Rep. Sander Levin

Levin has been the ranking Democrat on the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees the writing of federal tax laws. The 85-year-old, who has been in Congress since 1983, was leading Morse by a margin of 59 to 35 percent with 4 percent of the vote in, according to the Associated Press.

In late September, President Barack Obama tapped Levin to be part of the 32-member U.S. delegation attending the state funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres. He joined a delegation that included Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State John Kerry and 18 other members of Congress.