- 1 Support from Onward Together
- 2 Background
- 3 Stanford presidency
- 4 NIAC support
- 5 Iranian support
- 6 Sheila Kuehl endorsement
- 7 San Diego Progressive Labor Summit 2018
- 8 Communist and socialist influence
- 9 Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC
- 10 Supporters
- 11 "Green New Deal"
- 12 HR 109 endorser
- 13 Democracy for America
- 14 Council for a Livable World
- 15 Vote Common Good 2018 endorsements
- 16 CPC new members
- 17 Medicare for All Act
- 18 Chief of Staff
- 19 References
Mike Levin was elected to Congress from California's 49th District in 2018.
Support from Onward Together
Mike Levin was raised in South Orange County, where he attended public elementary and junior high schools. Mike spent his high school years in Los Angeles at Loyola High and then went to Stanford University, where he was honored to serve as student body president. After college, Mike served in the Coro Fellows Program and then attended Duke University School of Law. After law school, he served as Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Orange County, and has worked as an attorney focused on environmental and energy regulatory compliance and government affairs.
Mike is a passionate believer in clean energy and has over a decade of experience in the industry, helping to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable power generation and transportation options. Mike has served for several years on the board of the Center for Sustainable Energy, based in San Diego, and co-founded Sustain OC in Orange County. For his work in clean energy, Mike was named to the OC METRO 40 under 40.
On top of championing environmental policies, Mike will fight for Medicare for All, affordable higher education, preventing gun violence, protecting Social Security, a woman’s right to choose, and a $15 federal minimum wage.
April 1999, with their platform focusing on "experience, dedication and vision." sophomore Mike Levin and doctoral student John Mills hope to assume the positions of ASSU president and vice president, respectively. The two bring a great deal of experience to the campaign. In his two years of involvement with the ASSLI, Levin has risen to the position of senate deputy chair. In that role he works on projects within the senate and, together with the senate chair, compilesand prepares for senate meetings. In addition Levin works with the 10 freshman associate senators. . 'Mills won his senate seat unexpectedly thanks to write-in votes from friends but accepted the seat, us it was "an opportunity to do something rewarding." Mills is also a member of the (graduate Student Council and was involved this year in planning the ASMIJ's Dead Week Midnight Breakfast.
The team's vision centers nrotmd "balancing the stuff [in the ASSUJ that works now with new creative ideas. We want to make a
real effort to listen to the students," Levin said. One of their new projects, termed "Recycle Your Cycle," will organize the donation of unwanted bikes of graduating students. The ASSU will have the bikes stored by the Stanford police over the summer, fixed up by a student mechanic, and sold to students in the fall for $50 or less. Another new idea, the "Lighted Corridor Project," will work toward providing more lighted paths for students to travel at night. Signs will be put on lamp posts directing students to well-lit paths. In addition they will work to increase the lighting in areas of campus that are too dark at night. Levin and Mills want to continue to improve dining quality and service.
Levin also mentioned plans to extend the nighttime hours of the basketball courts, as students are often kicked off and threatened with arrest by campus police. Mills, as a graduate student, hopes to facilitate the GSC's efforts to address issues specific to graduate students such as dental care through Cowell and health care options for spouses and children. In addition Mills wants the ASSU to take a more active role in planning graduate student social events.
Levin and Mills were two of the authors of the amendment to form separate graduate and undergraduate senates in the ASSU. They see the amendment as "complementary to what we want to do," Levin said. Mills said that a graduate student as vice president along with the amendment would "bring [graduate students] more fully under the ASSU umbrella. We're really reaching out to everyone on campus." "We're not here to serve ourselves, we're here to serve others," Levin said. "The most important thing is being passionate about what you're doing. We're doing this, because it's what we believe in." Mills defined the dedication part of their campaign as his and Levin's commitment to "maintain and strengthen what's already been established this past year."
The Levin/Mills ticket was successful.
From an October 16 2018 NIAC Action press release.
NIAC Action is proud to endorse Mike Levin in his campaign to become the next Representative of California’s 49th Congressional district. Levin is a staunch opponent of the Muslim Ban which he views as a “false solution based on hysteria.” He supports the Iran nuclear deal and has warned that the U.S. effort to abrogate the accord is “a precipitous and ineffectual gesture” that threatens to “undermine American credibility throughout the world.”
Levin believes in treating immigrants with dignity and wants to “preserve the values and aspirations of so many immigrants like my grandparents, who dream of the uniquely American opportunity for self-improvement.” He is deeply critical of Congress’s failure to debate or hold hearings on the Trump’s Muslim ban, noting that the “Republican-led House convened a task force to evaluate terrorist threats from abroad prior to Trump’s election and did not find that nationals from Trump’s ‘banned’ list posed a threat.”
Levin is supportive of diplomatic engagement to resolve challenges regarding Iran. According to Levin, “the United States’ role and relevance can only be maintained through continued efforts to engage in constructive negotiations. The US must be willing to recognize and reward forward steps through diplomatic efforts.” While he supports sanctions under some circumstances, he recognizes that unilateral sanctions are not effective and instead “international consensus and joint action are necessary.”
The 49th district has been represented since 2003 by Darrell Issa, a retiring Republican lawmaker whose platform has contradicted many of the Iranian-American community’s expressed priorities. It is critical to elect a Mike Levin, a representative who will finally take the concerns of the community seriously.
National Iranian American Council November 16, 2018 ·
As of last night, 6 NIAC Action endorsed candidates WON their races. With your support, we elected the first Iranian-American women on state legislature in Georgia and Florida. And we flipped four key Iranian-American Congressional districts! We look forward to working with the new Congress to advocate for Iranian-American priorities and voices in the years ahead. #BeshkanTheVote.
Sheila Kuehl endorsement
Mike Levin February 6 2018:
We’re honored to announce that Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, one of California’s most respected progressive elected leaders, has just endorsed our campaign for Congress in the 49th District!
Sheila Kuehl, who currently serves as a member of the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, served 14 years in the state legislature where she authored and passed some of the most significant legislation in modern California history. Her Paid Family Leave bill has become a model for state and federal legislation.
"Mike Levin is a proven progressive leader who has been in the forefront of the fight for a clean and sustainable energy future,” Kuehl stated. “I trust Mike Levin to stand up to the current Administration and protect California's values as a member of Congress. Mike will be a passionate voice for universal health care and affordable higher education. I am proud to endorse Mike Levin for Congress."
San Diego Progressive Labor Summit 2018
Mike Levin February 3 2018:
Data sharing/election debriefing meeting: July 19, 2018:
Cipriano Vargas and Emiliana Sparaco summarized the successful efforts of Flip the 49th to nominate Mike Levin as the Democratic candidate for November’s midterm congressional election. The strategy relied on effectively targeting low propensity voters with education and GOTV efforts.
Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC
Mike Levin May 22 2018:
What better way to announce the endorsement than to hold one more rally in front of Issa’s office? — with Anne H. Christian, Carsen Van der Linden, William Rogers, Landon Russell, Frank Jacobs, Sharon Starkey Jacobs, Meri Irwin Rogoff, Allison Stratton, John Molnar, Theresa Beauchamp, Sharon Williams, Alan Goodman, Beryl Lewis, Louise Mannheimer Herbert, Chrissy Parker Levin, Chris Rudolph, Lydia Chavez, Rachel Zahn, Narayan Gopinathan, Bob Spencer, Nadine Scott, Lannette Marie, Frank Waitforit Mentado, Bill Fischer, Robbie Farewell, Blake Morris and Rachel Keating Rott at United States Representative Darrell Issa.
"Green New Deal"
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Congressional supporters by December 1 2018:
- Jared Huffman (CA-02)
- Jackie Speier (CA-14)
- Ro Khanna (CA-17)
- Mike Levin (CA-49)
- Ted Lieu (CA-33)
- John Lewis (GA-05)
- Joe Neguse (CO-02)
- Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)
- Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
- Jamie Raskin (MD-08)
- Ayanna Pressley (MA-07)
- Rashida Tlaib (MI-13)
- Ilhan Omar (MN-05)
- Deb Haaland (NM-01)
- Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14)
- Jose Serrano (NY-15)
- Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)
HR 109 endorser
Democracy for America
Mike Levin, U.S. House, California 49, was endorsed by Democracy for America in 2018.
- After graduating from Duke University School of Law, Mike served as Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Orange County, and has worked as an attorney focused on environmental and energy regulatory compliance and government affairs.
- He is a passionate believer in clean energy and has over a decade of experience in the industry, helping to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable power generation and transportation options. For the last decade, Mike has been involved in the clean energy industry as an attorney and non-profit founder and director, and will be a champion in Washington on issues of sustainability and climate change and their impact on our economy, health, and security. Mike Levin wants to put California’s 49th district at the forefront of clean energy economic growth.
- On top of championing environmental policies, Mike Levin will fight for Medicare for All, affordable higher education, preventing gun violence, protecting Social Security, a woman’s right to choose, and a $15 federal minimum wage.
Council for a Livable World
Vote Common Good 2018 endorsements
Vote Common Good 2018 endorsements included Mike Levin.
CPC new members
2018 Congressional Progressive Caucus new members included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Deb Haaland, Veronica Escobar, Jesus Garcia, Joe Neguse, Andy Levin, Mike Levin.
Medicare for All Act
In February 2019 Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced H.R.1384 - Medicare for All Act of 2019. By May 29 she had 110 co-sponsors including Rep. Mike Levin.
Chief of Staff
Mike Levin hired Kara van Stralen as his Chief of Staff.