U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, who is running to represent Ferndale in the new 9th Congressional District, recently remarried.
Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter conducted the ceremony on July 21 between Levin and Pamela Cole, a Pennsylvania State University psychology professor.
Cole, a widow, met Levin while working with his late wife Vicki on a National Institutes of Health panel, the Detroit Free Press reports. After Vicki Levin passed away in 2008, Cole and Rep. Levin established an award fund in her name for young professionals working on child development, the newspaper reports.
"I don’t think it was something expected but we had a lot of common interests and we both suffered severe loss," the Democrat told the the Detroit Free Press. "It was a combination of shared memories and shared love."
The wedding took place on the back deck of Mayor Coulter's home and was attended by just six people.
"I was honored to be asked and I was thrilled to be able to participate in his wedding," Coulter said. "It was wonderful."
Coulter said the small group had dinner at Assaggi Bistro in Ferndale prior to the ceremony.
Levin, who currently serves the 12th Congressional District that includes Ferndale, lives in Royal Oak. He previously lived in Berkley where, with his former wife, they raised four children in the city.
The incumbent will face Macomb County businessman Don Volaric, a Republican, in November's election.