LANSING, MI--Stacie Clayton, Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, has issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Senator Carl Levin.
"Senator Carl Levin was one of the most iconic and significant figures in Michigan political history, and in the history of the U.S. Senate. Many will remember his pivotal role on the Senate Armed Services Committee and his direct and unwavering approach to issues of grave importance to this state and the nation. He also played a role in the history of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. In the 1960s, early in his career and before winning his first elective office, Senator Levin served as the Commission's general counsel. His years with the Commission gave him an opportunity to engage in the important civil rights issues of the day and to fine tune his sense of justice and fairness - concepts that remained part of his character and his approach to political life throughout his career. The Commission mourns the loss of Senator Levin and we extend our deepest condolences to his family."
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the Michigan Constitution to safeguard constitutional and legal guarantees against discrimination. The Commission is charged with investigating alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin, genetic information, sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disability. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights serves as the operational arm of the Commission.
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