Nashville native Mark Levine running for Congress in Virginia

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by tgregory

Mark Levine

Levine is a lawyer who frequently appears as a guest political commentator on national television networks. Describing himself as “the aggressive progressive,” he is one of 11 candidates in the June 10 Democrat primary in Virginia’s Eighth Congressional District. The winner will be favored in the heavily Democratic district, a suburban area just outside Washington D.C.

Levine is the son of longtime Nashville residents Larry and Carolyn Levine. He graduated from Ensworth School in 1980 and University School of Nashville in 1984 and attended religious school at West End Synagogue, where he became a bar mitzvah. He was active in the Jewish community as a youth, receiving both the Simon Ghertner and Ralph Shepard Awards.

Levine graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics and then got a law degree at Yale University. He practiced law in California until 2000 when he moved to the Washington area and became the chief legislative counsel to former Democratic representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts. After the murder of his sister, Janet Levine March, in 1996, Levine drafted laws on grandparent visitation and protection for victims of domestic violence and their children that remain part of Tennessee code today. 

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