Mel Levine

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Mel Levine
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 27th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byBob Dornan
Succeeded byJane Harman (Redistricting)
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 44th district
In office
July 6, 1977 – November 30, 1982
Preceded byAlan Sieroty
Succeeded byTom Hayden
Personal details
Meldon Edises Levine

(1943-06-07) June 7, 1943 (age 80)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseConnie Bruck
ResidencePacific Palisades, California
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA)
Princeton University (MPA)
Harvard University (JD)

Meldon Edises Levine (born June 7, 1943) is an American attorney and former Democratic Congressman from California. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 1993.

Early life[edit]

On June 7, 1943, Levine was born in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1960 and is a member of its Alumni Hall of Fame.


Levine was student body president (1963–64) and valedictorian at the University of California, Berkeley. After attending Princeton (MPA 1966) and Harvard (JD 1969) Universities, he was admitted to the California bar in 1970.


In 1970, after Levine was admitted to the California bar, he set up a private law practice.

He was a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator John V. Tunney from 1971 to 1973. He served in the California State Assembly from 1977 to 1982. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 1993. He supported the 1991 Gulf War Authorization Act, which authorized the use of United States Armed Forces pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 678.[1]

In 1992, Levine ran for U.S. Senate; he lost in the Democratic primary, to Barbara Boxer,[2] who went on to win the general election in November.

In August 2013 Levine was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to become a member of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. On September 11, 2013, Levine was confirmed to become a member of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners by the Los Angeles City Council. Levine was the president of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners, but has since left the Board.[3]

Levine is counsel at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the board of directors of the Pacific Council on International Policy.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Levine is married to New Yorker journalist Connie Bruck. He has three children from a previous marriage to retired Superior Court judge Jan Greenberg Levine:[5] Adam, Jake and Cara. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Barone and Grant Ujifusa In 1992, Levine entered the Democratic primary election for the U.S. Senate, but lost the nomination to then-Congresswoman Barbara Boxer. (1991). The Almanac of American Politics 1992. Washington, D.C. pp. 150–151. ISBN 0-89234-051-7. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Reinhold, Robert (June 3, 1992). "THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: California; 2 Women Win Nomination In California Senate Races". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  3. ^ LA DWP. Board of Commissioners – Board Members. "". Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Board of Directors". Pacific Council on International Policy. Archived from the original on March 10, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  5. ^

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 27th congressional district

Succeeded by
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Preceded byas Former US Representative Order of precedence of the United States
as Former US Representative
Succeeded byas Former US Representative