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.
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.