Philip Levine invited to testify in Senate hearing – Florida Politics

Philip Levine invited to testify in Senate hearing

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine has been invited to testify at a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

In a letter dated Feb. 24, committee chair and South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune invited Levine to testify in the hearing, titled “Connecting America: Improving Access to Infrastructure for Communities Across the Country.”

Thune said the hearing would focus on the infrastructure needs of communities across the country, and that the committee is looking for testimony “on the policies required to help move people, goods and information safely and efficiently.”

The hearing is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday.

During his tenure as mayor, Levine has overseen the rollout of a free trolley service for Alton Road and West Avenue residents affected by road construction, and is exploring constructing a light rail that would connect Miami Beach to the mainland.

Levine, a Democrat, is eyeing a run for governor in 2018. Though he has not yet made an official announcement he did launch a new political committee and also hired U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist’s former campaign manager.

If he were to enter the fray, he would likely have to square off against former congresswoman Gwen Graham, attorney John Morgan and, possibly, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the Democratic primary.


Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.
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