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Sander Levin, chair of Ways and Means, forms powerful brother duo

Sander Levin is now part of one of the most powerful brother acts in Washington since the Kennedys. He was named the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Thursday. His brother, Carl, is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Rep. Sander Levin (D) of Michigan (on left) stands beside his brother, Sen. Carl Levin (D) of Michigan, at a Washington rally for auto workers who have lost their jobs in this May 14, 2009 file photo.

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Rep. Sander Levin (D) of Michigan now forms one-half of the most powerful brother team on Capitol Hill in decades.

Mr. Levin was chosen Thursday by House Democratic leaders to be chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, replacing Rep. Charles Rangel (D) of New York, who has stepped aside while the House ethics panel probes his fundraising and finances.

Levin is a veteran lawmaker from Royal Oak, Mich., a Detroit suburb off famed Woodward Avenue that is home to many auto workers and executives. He is also the older brother of Sen. Carl Levin (D) of Michigan, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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