|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Michigan's 3rd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Vern Ehlers|
|Succeeded by||Peter Meijer (elect)|
|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives|
from the 72nd district
January 1, 2009 – January 1, 2011
|Preceded by||Glenn Steil|
|Succeeded by||Ken Yonker|
|Born||April 18, 1980|
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
|Republican (until 2019)|
|Education||University of Michigan (BA, JD)|
Justin A. Amash (//; born April 18, 1980) is an American lawyer and politician. He is the only Libertarian member of the United States Congress. He used to be a member of the Republican Party. In January 2011, he began serving as the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 3rd congressional district.
Amash chaired the Liberty Caucus and is the first and only Libertarian to hold a seat in Congress. Amash received national attention when he became the first Republican congressman to call for the impeachment of Donald Trump, a position he maintained after leaving the party.
Although it was said that he would run for Libertarian nomination for the 2020 presidential election, he chose to run for reelection to the House as an independent. On April 28, 2020, he announced the formation of an exploratory committee to seek the Libertarian presidential nomination. However, he announced that he would not run for President on May 16.
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- Congressional affiliation
References[change | change source]
- Welch, Matt (September 16, 2019). "Will Justin Amash Run for President as a Libertarian in 2020?". Reason. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
- Villa, Lissandra (October 10, 2019). "In Donald Trump's America, Rep. Justin Amash Sets an Independent Course". Time. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
- "Exploratory Committee". April 28, 2020.
- Weigel, David (May 16, 2020). "Rep. Justin Amash says he won't run for president". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
- Burns, Alexander (2020-05-16). "Justin Amash Abandons 2020 Campaign, Citing Pandemic and Polarization". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-16.