The Latest: Longtime Michigan Rep. Sander Levin to retire

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) The Latest on Michigan Rep. Sander Levin's decision to not seek re-election after 18 terms (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Detroit-area Rep. Sander Levin says he won't run for an 19th term in Congress next year and will teach at the University of Michigan.

The 86-year-old Democrat said Saturday he will retire after 36 years in Washington. Levin has served on the House Ways and Means Committee for almost three decades. The powerful panel sets tax and trade laws.

The Detroit Free Press posted Levin's statement online after The Associated Press reported that he won't run again.

Levin, known as Sandy, says he's grateful to have served residents all over the Detroit area, especially with districts being redrawn every decade. He says he'll continue "sharing the values" that he learned from his family.

Levin is the brother of Carl Levin, who was a Michigan U.S. senator until 2015.

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10:09 a.m.

Democratic Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan, who has served in Congress for nearly 35 years, won't seek re-election to a 19th term.

Three Democrats told The Associated Press Levin plans to make the retirement announcement Sunday at his annual holiday party. The Democrats spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity to discuss private talks.

The 86-year-old Levin has sat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee for almost 30 years. He was the top Democrat on the panel from 2010 through 2016 and was chairman during passage of the federal health care law.

Levin has represented varying parts of suburban Detroit since the early 1980s. He's been involved with tax, health care, trade and manufacturing issues over his career.

His brother Carl was a longtime U.S. senator.

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