Justin Amash

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Justin Amash
Justin Amash official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2021
Preceded byVern Ehlers
Succeeded byPeter Meijer
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 72nd district
In office
January 1, 2009 – January 1, 2011
Preceded byGlenn Steil
Succeeded byKen Yonker
Personal details
Born (1980-04-18) April 18, 1980 (age 42)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyLibertarian[1](2020–present)
Other political
Republican (until 2019)
Independent[a] (2019–2020)
Spouse(s)Kara Day
EducationUniversity of Michigan (BA, JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Justin A. Amash (/əˈmɑːʃ/; born April 18, 1980) is an American lawyer and politician. He was the only Libertarian member of the United States Congress. He used to be a member of the Republican Party. In January 2011, he was elected as the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 3rd congressional district. He left office in 2021.

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.[2][3] On April 28, 2020, he announced the formation of an exploratory committee to seek the Libertarian presidential nomination.[4] However, he announced that he would not run for president on May 16.[5][6]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Congressional affiliation

References[change | change source]

  1. https://twitter.com/nsarwark/status/1255310040942116869?s=21
  2. Welch, Matt (September 16, 2019). "Will Justin Amash Run for President as a Libertarian in 2020?". Reason. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  3. Villa, Lissandra (October 10, 2019). "In Donald Trump's America, Rep. Justin Amash Sets an Independent Course". Time. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  4. "Exploratory Committee". April 28, 2020.
  5. Weigel, David (May 16, 2020). "Rep. Justin Amash says he won't run for president". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  6. 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.