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Will the correct Rep. Levin please report to the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee?

The tradition of mixing up Levins continued this week when Andy, not Mike, was added to the VA Committee

Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., resigned from the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee after being named to the panel in error. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After an exceptionally brief tenure, Rep. Andy Levin resigned this week from a role on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee following a "clerical error." 

Levin was named, along with 14 of his Democratic colleagues, to the panel on Jan. 17. But the resolution that named “Mr. Levin of Michigan” to the committee, was a case of mistaken identity.

“Due to a clerical error outside of our office, I have been mistakenly added to the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee roster. I am submitting this statement to remedy this error. I hereby resign from the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee,” the Michigan Democrat said in the Tuesday, Feb. 26, Congressional Record.

Rep. Mike Levin, another freshman, was the true Levin meant to serve on Veterans’ Affairs. The California Democrat represents Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and was selected chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. Mike Levin also serves on the  Natural Resources panel and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

Andy Levin still has committee assignments, even without his erroneous role on Veterans’ Affairs. He’s vice chair of the Education and Labor panel and also serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Mixing up Levins is nothing new on Capitol Hill. For decades Rep. Andy Levin’s father, Sandy, served in the House, while his uncle Carl served in the Senate. The Michigan siblings served together for 32 years.

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