Mark Levin Biography
Mark Levin born Mark Reed Levin, is an American lawyer, author, and radio personality. He was born on September 21, 1957, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the USA to Jack Levin and Norma Levin. He grew up in Erdenheim and also Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.
Mark graduated from Cheltenham High School after three years in 1974 and after high school, he enrolled at Temple University Ambler and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Political Science in 1977 at age 19. Mark later in 1980, earned a J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law.
In the beginning of 1981, Mark served as an adviser to several members of President Ronald Reagan’s cabinet, eventually becoming the associate director of presidential personnel and ultimately chief of staff to Attorney General Edwin Meese.
Mark also served as deputy assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education and as deputy solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Mark also practiced law in the private sector and is president of Landmark Legal Foundation, a public interest law firm founded in 1976.
Mark began his broadcasting career as a guest on conservative talk radio programs and for many years, he was a frequent contributor of legal opinions to The Rush Limbaugh Show. He was also a contributor to The Sean Hannity Show before eventually getting a radio slot of his own on WABC; initially on Sundays beginning in 2002, and later in 2003, in the time slot following Sean Hannity. In 2006, Cumulus Media Networks began syndicating The Mark Levin Show nationally.
Mark has participated in Freedom Concerts, an annual benefit concert to aid families of fallen soldiers and uses his radio program to promote aid to military families. He is also involved with Troopathon, a charity that sends care packages to soldiers serving overseas. In 2001 the American Conservative Union awarded him its Ronald Reagan Award. He was also awarded the inaugural Citizens United Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award at CPAC in 2014.
Mark Levin Broadcasting Career
Mark began his broadcasting career as a guest on conservative talk radio programs. For many years, Mark was a frequent contributor of legal opinions to The Rush Limbaugh Show, where Limbaugh referred to him on-air as “F. Lee Levin”, which is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the defense attorney F. Lee Bailey.
Mark was also a contributor to The Sean Hannity Show before eventually getting a radio slot of his own on WABC; initially on Sundays beginning in 2002, and later in 2003, in the time slot following Sean Hannity. In 2006, Cumulus Media Networks began syndicating The Mark Levin Show nationally.
Mark is known for his frequent use of the pejorative “moron” and “puke” for people he opposes. Hannity has nicknamed Mark Levin “The Great One” and Mark and Hannity remain frequent contributors to each other’s programs. Mark is a leading conservative commentator, ranking 4th nationally among talk radio programs, with a minimum of 8.5 million total weekly listeners (Spring 2011) according to Talkers magazine.
In October 2017, former Republican House Speaker John Boehner said that Levin was responsible for influencing other conservative media voices like Hannity and Rush Limbaugh towards the far right, saying; “that right-wing guy, Levin? He went really crazy right and got a big audience, and he dragged Hannity to the dark side. He dragged Rush to the dark side.”
Mark, on February 11, 2016, signed a “lifetime” (ten-year) contract extension with Westwood One, which will take his show through 2025, its 19th year.
Mark Levin TV Career
Fox News, in November 2017, announced that it had signed Mark for a weekend show titled Life, Liberty & Levin to air on Sunday nights at 10 pm Eastern beginning February 2018. According to a pre-debut network news release, the program would explore “the fundamental values and principles undergirding American society, culture, politics, and current events, and their relevance to the nation’s future and everyday lives of citizens.”
Mark Levin Writing Career
In 2005, Mark authored the book, Men In Black: How The Supreme Court Is Destroying America, in which he advanced his thesis that activist judges on the Supreme Court (from all parts of the political spectrum) have legislated from the bench. Commentary magazine’s Dan Seligman wrote that Mark asks readers “to identify with ‘originalists’ who look to the text of the Constitution and the intent of its framers, and to reject the ‘activists’ who construe the Constitution broadly and are more concerned with getting to their own ‘desired outcomes”.
Slate magazine’s Dahlia Lithwick wrote; “no serious scholar of the court or the Constitution, on the ideological left or right, is going to waste their time engaging Mark’s arguments once they’ve read this book”.
Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish is a non-fiction work written by Mark in 2007 about his experience of rescuing a dog named Sprite from a local animal shelter.
Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto was released in 2009. It became a number 1 New York Times bestseller for eleven of twelve weeks, as well as No. 1 on Nielsen’s Book Scan and No. 2 on Amazon.com’s list of bestselling books of 2009. The book includes discussion of a variety of issues that, according to Mark, need to be addressed in the United States.
In Liberty and Tyranny, Mark repudiates the use of the term “progressive” to describe “modern Liberals” and instead argues a proper term should be “Statist”. According to Threshold Editions, the book’s publisher, Liberty, and Tyranny have sold over one million copies.
Andrew C. McCarthy of The National Review wrote, “Levin offers not so much a defense as a plan of attack” against “America’s Leftist ascendancy”. Other reviewers critiqued the book as “analysis utterly useless in understanding more than half of the American political landscape” while charging “Mark resorts to the same old misinformation to sell his brand of conservatism”.
In 2012, Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America was released. In Ameritopia, Mark discusses the origins and development of both the modern day conservative and liberal political philosophies, the latter of which he refers to as “statist”, through the works of some of the leading figures in American history.
He also includes commentaries on works by Plato, Sir Thomas More, Thomas Hobbes, Karl Marx, John Locke, Charles de Montesquieu, and Alexis de Tocqueville. Jeffrey Lord called it “historical X-ray vision in book form”. PJ Media also praised the book, “That Levin wrote this book now demonstrates not only his passion for the United States but his awareness that he is a statesman defending natural law at a pivotal moment in human history.”
However, The Atlantic’s review criticized the book’s argument that statism is based on utopianism, and a review by Professor Carlin Romano in the Chronicle of Higher Education called the book “disastrously bad from beginning to end”.
In 2013, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic was released. This book suggests eleven new Constitutional amendments. The book debuted at No.1 on The New York Times Best Seller list. Hans A. von Spakovsky of National Review called the book “required reading for conservative bloggers” while Ana Marie Cox, writing in The Guardian, said the book “contains some radical notions about a complete overhaul of the US constitution, but to debate the specifics of their merits is to ignore the larger insanity of the project” while noting “the ludicrousness of his specific ‘fixes’ and the near-impossibility of achieving them”.
In the Washington Times, Tenth Amendment Center Executive Director Michael Lotfi criticized Mark’s idea as “the bullet to a loaded revolver pointed at the Constitution”. Also, Richard Rahn of the Times wrote: “If ‘The Liberty Amendments’ can help foster a national debate about which corrective actions, including constitutional amendments, are needed to increase liberty and prosperity, Mr. Levin will have performed a great national service”.
Hoover Institution fellow David Davenport wrote in Forbes that Mark’s book used “weak arguments”. Also in Forbes, Ralph Benko credited Mark with “notably and nobly proposing to change the rules of modern politics and governance”.
Mark authored Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future in 2015, and Rediscovering Americanism and the Tyranny of Progressivism in 2017.
Mark Levin Age
Mark is 61 years old as of 2018. He was born on September 21, 1957, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Mark Levin Wife | Mark Levin Family
Mark is married to his wife Julie Prince. He was previously married to Kendall Levin and together had two kids, Lauren Kevin, and Chase Kevin.
Mark Levin Net Worth
He has been earning a lucrative amount of salary annually and his net worth is said to be around $5 Million.
Mark Levin Books
- Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism
- Plunder and Deceit
- The Liberty Amendments
- George Washington: The Crossing
- Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America
- Liberty and Tyranny
- Rescuing Sprite
- Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America
- Handbook of Neuro-ophthalmology and Orbital Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment
- Smith’s Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Manual of Oculoplastic Surgery