Justin Amash Biography, Justin Amash Wiki
Justin Amash is an American lawyer and politician who has served as the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 3rd congressional district since 2011. The district, which covers most of the territory that was once represented by future President Gerald Ford, is based in Grand Rapids.
Justin Amash announced that he was ending his third-party presidential campaign in 2020. The U.S. representative of Michigan’s 3rd congressional district made the announcement via Twitter on Saturday morning.
The former Republican who was seeking the Libertarian party’s nomination for President tweeted, “Thanks for your support as I’ve been exploring a run for president as the potential nominee of the Libertarian Party. I’ve spent nearly three weeks assessing the race, appearing in media, talking to delegates and donors, watching the Libertarian Party’s convention plan unfold, and gathering feedback from family, friends, and other advisers.”
Amash, 40, who has served in Congress since 2011 tweeted, “I continue to believe that a candidate from outside the old parties, offering a vision of government grounded in liberty and equality, can breakthrough in the right environment.”
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Early life and education
Justin Amash was born on April 18, 1980, in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Arab Christians who immigrated to the United States. His father, Attallah Amash, is a Palestinian Christian who immigrated to the United States in 1956 at age 16 through the sponsorship of an American pastor and his family. His mother Mimi is a Syrian Christian who met his father through family friends in Damascus, Syria, and the two married in 1974.
Amash was raised in Kentwood, Michigan. He first attended Kelloggsville Christian School in Kentwood, then attended Grand Rapids Christian High School, from which he graduated in 1998 as class valedictorian. He then attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics with high honors. He stayed at the university to attend the University of Michigan Law School, graduating with a Juris Doctor in 2005.
After graduating from law school, Amash spent less than a year as an attorney at the Grand Rapids law firm Varnum. He then became a consultant to Michigan Industrial Tools Inc. (also known as Tekton Inc.), a company his father founded and owned. He worked for his family’s business for a year before being elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2008. Amash’s two brothers also have positions at Michigan Industrial Tools.
Amash and his wife Kara Day attended high school together and married after he graduated from Michigan and she from Calvin College. They have a son and two daughters.
Despite suspending his big for President, Amash continues to champion the Libertarian party. He tweeted, “The Libertarian Party’s national committee members and delegates have worked diligently to organize the national convention… but lingering uncertainty regarding ratification of online voting, the feasibility of 50-state ballot access and related legal challenges, and unity after the nomination have also weighed heavily on me. We must address these issues as a party to ensure we maximize our potential.”
“I remain invested in helping the party realize these possibilities and look forward to the successes ahead,” Amash said. “If you aren’t already a member of the @LPNational, I encourage you to join me in becoming one so we can continue working together toward freedom, peace, and prosperity.”