Justin Amash

Justin Amash REPRepublican

American politician in Michigan (born 1980)

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Justin AmashREPRepublican American politician in Michigan (born 1980)
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12
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MIResidence (state)

Justin Amash (ə-MAHSH; born April 18, 1980) is an American lawyer and politician who served as the U.S. representative for Michigan's 3rd congressional district from 2011 to 2021. Originally a Republican, Amash joined the Libertarian Party in April 2020, becoming the party's first (and, as of 2022, only) member of Congress. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Amash was born to Palestinian and Syrian Christian parents who had immigrated to the United States. After high school, he studied economics at the University of Michigan, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and briefly worked as a corporate lawyer and consultant before entering politics. Amash represented the 72nd district in the Michigan House of Representatives for one term before being elected to Congress in 2010. He was the founder and chairperson of the Liberty Caucus and was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, which he left in June 2019. 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. Amash left the Republican Party and became an independent in July 2019. In April 2020, he joined the Libertarian Party. Amash formed an exploratory committee to seek the Libertarian Party presidential nomination in 2020.

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Campaign Funding

20
18
$628,562
Total Raised
$764,398
Total Spent
$81,802
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 11) View All Industries
99%
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$63,100
89%
Retired$56,915
61%
Securities & Investment$38,800
50%
Food Processing & Sales$32,000
47%
Leadership PACs$29,998
43%
Republican/Conservative$27,456
39%
Health Professionals$24,700
37%
Retail Sales$23,600
31%
Real Estate$19,700
25%
Automotive$16,200
25%
Crop Production & Basic Processing$16,200
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts
2002
Grand Rapids Christian High School
1998
University of Michigan Law School
Juris Doctor
2005
Past Positions1 - 6 of 6
Representative
United States House of Representatives, Michigan
2011 - 2021
Representative
Michigan State House of Representatives
2008 - 2010
House Republican Liaison
Michigan State House of Representatives
Attorney
Varnum
2006
Consultant
Michigan Industrial Tools Incorporated
Lawyer
Private Practice
Other Experience1 - 28 of 28
Member
Libertarian Party
2020 - Current
Commissioner
Uniform Law Commission
2009 - 2010
Member
Task Force on the Future of Michigan's Courts, Michigan State Bar
2009 - 2010
Member
Civil Justice Task Force, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
2009 - 2010
Member
Alumni Association of the University of Michigan
Member
National Rifle Association (NRA)
Member
Michigan State Bar Association
Member
Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
Member
Right to Life, Michigan
Member
Kent County Republican Executive Committee
Member
Grand Rapids Bar Association
Member
Economic Club, Grand Rapids
Member
East Kent County Republicans
Precinct Delegate
Republican Party
Member
Subcommittee on National Security, United States House of Representatives
2017 - 2019
Member
Committee on Education, Michigan House of Representatives
2009 - 2010
Member
Judiciary Committee, Michigan House of Representatives
2009 - 2010
Minority Vice Chair
Committee on Labor, Michigan House of Representatives
2009 - 2010
Member
Republican Liberty Caucus
Former Member
Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, Michigan House of Representatives
Former Member
Oversight and Government Reform Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Committee on Homeland Security, Michigan House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Oversight and Reform Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Information Technology Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Joint Economic Committee, United States Congress
Former Member
Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets, United States House of Representatives
Member
Fourth Amendment Caucus