Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., on Meet the press
Alex Wong  /  AP
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., has decided to seek re-election in 2008.
updated 12/4/2006 11:46:17 AM ET 2006-12-04T16:46:17

Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, the incoming chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Monday he will seek re-election in 2008.

The 72-year-old Michigan lawmaker was widely expected to seek a sixth term and will enter the race a heavy favorite. With Democrats winning control of the Senate, Levin will take the helm of the Armed Services panel, giving him a major role in shaping Iraq policy.

The Detroit lawmaker has called for troop withdrawals from Iraq beginning within four to six months. He has criticized the Bush administration for making the war open-ended, saying the White House has provided the Iraqis with a blank check with the presence of U.S. troops.

Levin said he hopes to win another term, citing his work on Armed Services and on issues crucial to Michigan's automotive and manufacturing industries.

He first was elected to the Senate in 1978. He defeated Republican state lawmaker Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski in 2002 with 61 percent of the vote.

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