IN THE 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, a naïve young man is sent o the nation’s capital, where scheming politicians hope to take advantage of him. If Marin has a sequel to that movie,
its title would be Mr. Levine Goes to Sacramento.
But don’t let California Assemblyman Marc
Levine’s looks fool you. If he appears young,
it’s because he is. He’s only 40, but naïveté does
not appear to be part of his makeup. In fact, the
opposite may be the case. In his first two-year
term in Sacramento, the San Rafael Democrat
authored 23 bills that passed both houses of the
state Legislature and were signed into law by
Governor Jerry Brown.
The fact that Marc Levine is even in the
California State Assembly — representing more than 450,000 residents of Marin
and southern Sonoma counties — is in itself
movie-worthy material. The former soft ware
product manager moved to Marin with his
family just 10 years ago and quickly rose
through the political ranks with positions in
his local neighborhood association and later
on San Rafael’s city council, where he eventually became vice mayor. Finally he, without
the endorsement of the state Democratic
Party, ran to represent California’s 10th
District in the state assembly in 2012. He
won despite being outspent six to one, then
was returned to that same seat in 2014 with
75 percent of the votes.
Levine currently lives in San Rafael’s Sun
Valley neighborhood with his wife, Wendy,
and their two kids, Wyatt, 8, and Meredith, 6.
The 40-year-old San Rafael resident and California
Assembly member has lived an enviable political life.
BY JIM WOOD • PHOTOS BY TIM PORTER