Justin Amash, pronounced (born April 18, 1980) is an American attorney, politician, and member of Congress. He has been the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 3rd congressional district which encompasses the Grand Rapids area, since 2011.
A conservative Republican, Amash is backed by the Tea Party movement and was elected to the House in the 2010 election. He is a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives representing the 72nd District, which consists of the city of Kentwood and the townships of Caledonia, Cascade, and Gaines. At the age of 31, Amash is the second youngest current U.S. Representative, behind 30-year-old Aaron Schock of Illinois.
Justin Amash has endorsed Ron Paul for President of the United States in 2012 election.
Early life and education
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and raised in Kentwood, Amash is a second generation Arab-American of Palestinian Christian and Syrian descent. He attended Kelloggsville Christian School and Grand Rapids Christian High School. He graduated from the University of Michigan magna cum laude with an B.A. in Economics and earned his J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School in 2005.
Amash ran for state representative in 2008, winning the 72nd District seat.
During this time, he donated to the campaigns of Congressman Ron Paul and John McCain.
After taking his seat in the Michigan House of Representatives in January 2009, conservatives claimed Amash had been the first legislator to use his Facebook Page to explain all of his votes in real time and to interact with constituents. Additionally, Amash was one of the first state representatives to post all of his office expenses, staff salaries, and legislative benefits online. In the 2009 annual State Capitol Leadership Survey, Amash was the most frequently named freshman legislator in response to the question, "Who is the most effective member of the Michigan House?"
U.S. House of Representatives
On August 3, 2010, Amash won the five-way Republican primary for the seat vacated by retiring Republican Vern Ehlers with over 40% of the vote. Amash was a favorite of the Tea Party movement, having been endorsed by iCaucus.
He was also endorsed by The Club for Growth, Rep. Ron Paul, and FreedomWorks PAC during his primary campaign.
During the general election campaign, Amash ran on a conservative platform. On November 2, 2010, Amash defeated Democrat Pat Miles by a 59.6% to 37.4% margin out of the 224,063 votes cast.
Amash opposes central government involvement in the economy and believes it causes unemployment, inflation, and dangerous economic cycles. He believes health care insurance should not be mandatory, and that reform should consist of insurance companies being able to sell insurance across state lines and programs like health savings accounts. He believes that Congress has the power to declare war.
He believes there should be a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He supports the Second Amendment as a safeguard against violations of Americans' liberty. He believes that schools should be managed locally. He believes that the federal government should not be able to expand its powers using the General Welfare, Commerce, or Necessary and Proper clauses.
In its October 25, 2010 issue, Amash was named one of Time magazine's "40 under 40 - Rising Stars of U.S. Politics." At the age of 30, Amash was the youngest federal candidate in the United States on the list of new civic leaders.
He has said his biggest heroes are economists F.A. Hayek and Frédéric Bastiat. Amash is married and the father of three children.
November 27th, 2011