U.S. Senate Michigan Republicans court new Michigan US Senate candidate By Andrew Robins • Jul 12, 2013 Small is reportedly very close to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder who has come under fire from some "Tea Party" activists recently. U.S. Senator Carl Levin won't seek re-election next year By Gordon Evans • Mar 7, 2013 Democrat was first elected to the Senate in 1978. Levin's departure comes as Democrats try to find a candidate to challenge Rick Snyder for governor in 2014.