Justin Amash

Justin Amash

MICHIGAN's 3rd DISTRICT

Amash congratulates Betsy DeVos on nomination as secretary of education

2016/11/23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             November 23, 2016   CONTACT                                                     Corie Whalen (202) 225-5514 corie.whalen@mail.house.gov  

Amash congratulates Betsy DeVos on nomination as secretary of education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) issued the following statement upon President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education:

Congratulations to Betsy DeVos on her nomination as secretary of education. She is a friend, a resident of Michigan's Third District, and a longtime community leader. I can think of few people as prepared to meet the challenges ahead.

Betsy is intelligent, creative, experienced, and passionate about reforming education. I look forward to working with her to empower parents and local communities, advance school choice and competition, protect the right of homeschooling, and stop federal mandates and harmful initiatives like Race to the Top and Common Core.

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Amash to host Academy Night

2016/11/10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2016   CONTACT Corie Whalen (202) 225-3831 corie.whalen@mail.house.gov   Amash to host Academy Night   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI.) announced Academy Night for Third District high school students interested in learning more about the U.S. service academies. Academy Night is scheduled for Monday, November 21, 2016, at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.   Officials from the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and the United States Air Force Academy will provide information about the academies and the application process. Representatives from the offices of Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters also will be available to answer questions.   Admission to the academies, except for the Coast Guard Academy, requires a nomination from the vice president, a U.S. senator, or a U.S. representative. Students typically begin the admissions process in the spring of their junior year of high school. More information about the academy nomination process can be found at amash.house.gov.   WHO: Office of Rep. Justin Amash Officials from the U.S. service academies Representatives of Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters   WHAT: Academy Night   WHEN: Monday, November 21, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.   WHERE: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum 303 Pearl Street NW Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504  

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Representatives renew demand for briefing on Yahoo email searches after inadequate response from administration

2016/10/27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 27, 2016   CONTACT Corie Whalen (202) 225-3831 corie.whalen@mail.house.gov  

Representatives renew demand for briefing on Yahoo email searches after inadequate response from administration

Attorney General and Director of National Intelligence ignore briefing request

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), and dozens of their colleagues today responded to a letter from Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that failed to address a bipartisan request for a briefing to resolve questions raised by recent reports that Yahoo had searched all its users’ incoming emails at the federal government’s request.

On October 14, 2016, Amash and Lieu led a bipartisan coalition of 48 representatives on a letter requesting information and a briefing for all members of Congress. In response, representatives of the Attorney General and Director of National Intelligence wrote that a briefing was to be provided only to certain committee staff.

The new letter is attached.

“The administration’s flippant response to a bipartisan request from members of Congress is unacceptable,” said Amash. “When elected representatives ask to be briefed on a matter that may impact Americans’ constitutionally protected rights, we expect action.”

In addition to Amash and Lieu, the letter was signed by Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.), Raúl R. Labrador (R-Idaho), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), Cynthia M. Lummis (R-Wyo.), Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), Randy Weber (R-Texas), Rod Blum (R-Iowa), H. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), John Fleming, M.D. (R-La.), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Dave Brat (R-Va.), Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (R-Ariz.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Andy Harris (R-Md.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Jared Polis (D-Calif.), Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.), Curt Clawson (R-Fla.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Ted Poe (R-Texas), James P. McGovern (D-Mass.), Joe Barton (R-Texas), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Michael M. Honda (D-Calif.), Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Suzan K. DelBene (D-Wash.), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.).

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Amash receives top award for fiscally responsible voting record

2016/10/25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         October 25, 2016                                                                                  CONTACT Corie Whalen (202) 225-3831 corie.whalen@mail.house.gov

 

Amash receives top award for fiscally responsible voting record

Amash earns an “A” grade from the National Taxpayers Union for support of taxpayer-friendly economic policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) received the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” from the National Taxpayers Union this week in recognition of the “A” grade he earned for his 2015 voting record. This is the fifth consecutive year Amash has received the organization’s highest grade.

“Economic freedom is essential to liberty,” said Amash. “Our national debt is an astounding $19.7 trillion, and our tax code is riddled with corporate welfare. Congress can promote competition, innovation, and prosperity by defending free markets and fighting cronyism.”

The National Taxpayers Union awards an “A” grade to U.S. representatives and senators who consistently support lower taxes, less spending, and fiscally responsible governance. Amash has earned this distinction each year he has served in Congress.

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Amash leads bipartisan letter asking for briefing from administration on Yahoo email searches

2016/10/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2016   CONTACT Corie Whalen (202) 225-3831 corie.whalen@mail.house.gov   Amash leads bipartisan letter asking for briefing from administration on Yahoo email searches Conflicting reports require answers from top officials   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) today led a bipartisan coalition of 48 representatives on a letter asking Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for a briefing to resolve questions raised by recent reports that Yahoo had searched all its users’ incoming emails at the federal government’s request.   The letter is attached.   “Members of Congress have a responsibility to oversee surveillance practices and ensure that all activities comply with the Constitution and federal law,” said Amash. “Our number one job is protecting the rights of the people.”   In addition to Amash and Lieu, the letter was signed by Reps. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Raúl R. Labrador (R-Idaho), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Joe Barton (R-Texas), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), H. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), Rod Blum (R-Iowa), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Ted Poe (R-Texas), Andy Harris (R-Md.), Randy Weber (R-Texas), Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Dave Brat (R-Va.), Jared Polis (D-Calif.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), James P. McGovern (D-Mass.), F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Curt Clawson (R-Fla.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Cynthia M. Lummis (R-Wyo.), Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), Michael M. Honda (D-Calif.), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), John Fleming, M.D. (R-La.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), and Suzan K. DelBene (D-Wash.).    ###

 

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Amash to host town hall in Middleville

2016/08/25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 25, 2016   CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov     Amash to host town hall in Middleville   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced a town hall meeting in Middleville.   The town hall is open to the public.   WHAT:           Town Hall Meeting   WHEN:          Tuesday, August 30, 2016 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.   WHERE:         Middleville Village Hall 100 E Main St Middleville, MI 49333 ### Read More

Amash to host town hall in Marshall

2016/06/24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             June 24, 2016       CONTACT                                                                       Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   Amash to host town hall in Marshall   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced a town hall meeting in Marshall.   WHAT: Town Hall Meeting   WHEN: Monday, June 27, 2016 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.   WHERE:  Calhoun County Building Board of Commissioners Meeting Room 315 West Green St Marshall, MI 49068   ###

 

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Amash to host town hall in East Grand Rapids

2016/05/26

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                May 26, 2016                                                                             CONTACT Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   Amash to host town hall in East Grand Rapids   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced a town hall meeting in East Grand Rapids.   WHAT:         Town Hall Meeting   WHEN:       Tuesday, May 31, 2016           12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.   WHERE:     East Grand Rapids Community Center Room 102 750 Lakeside Drive SE East Grand Rapids, MI 49506                                                ### Read More

Amash recognizes service academy appointees and Congressional Medal of Merit recipients

2016/05/03

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             May 3, 2016   CONTACT                                                                           Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   Amash recognizes service academy appointees and Congressional Medal of Merit recipients   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) recognized the 2016 service academy appointees and student Congressional Medal of Merit recipients from Michigan’s Third District at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on Saturday, April 30.   “I am honored to recognize these deserving students for their outstanding achievements. I wish them great success in their future endeavors,” said Amash.   Applicants to the service academies require a nomination from an authorized nominating source, which includes members of Congress. To assist with the nominating process, Amash assembled a committee of military and civic leaders who reviewed applications, interviewed potential nominees, and made recommendations.   In addition to the nine service academy appointees recognized, Amash honored 39 students with the Congressional Medal of Merit. The Congressional Medal of Merit recognizes high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship and academic excellence. Recipients were nominated by their principals or guidance counselors.   Service Academy Appointments       Congressional Medal of Merit Recipients                                                                                          ### Read More

Amash announces winners of art competition

2016/05/03

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             May 3, 2016     CONTACT                                                                           Jordan Bush (616) 451-8383 jordan.bush@mail.house.gov   Amash announces winners of art competition Pieces to be displayed in U.S. Capitol and Amash’s congressional offices   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced the winners of ArtFest 2016, the Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s Third District, at an awards ceremony at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on Saturday, April 30.   Mick Rutowski’s piece, Recollection, was named the grand prize winner and will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year alongside winners from other congressional districts. Escape by Parker Wonser (Caledonia High School) and Land Yacht by Rachel Smith (Hastings High School) were the Representative’s Choice winners and will be displayed for one year in Amash’s congressional offices.   Rutowski, a student at Northview High School, will visit Washington, DC, this June for a reception honoring the winners. Pieces from Yantong (Simon) Li (South Christian High School), Gavin Weir (Rockford High School), Faith Rietema (Kent Career Technical Center), Nick Ensing (Northview High School), Jalexia Stoutmyre (Ottawa Hills High School), Amber Valk (Caledonia High School), Jenny Pham (East Kentwood High School), and Nick Anzivino (Caledonia High School) were named honorable mentions.   The Grand Rapids Art Museum, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Kent Intermediate School District, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Portland Community Arts Council, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, ArtPrize, Kellogg Community College Art Department, and the School News Network were sponsors and participated in the judging committee.   The Congressional Institute sponsors the Congressional Art Competition in cooperation with the U.S. House of Representatives. The annual competition is open to high school students in participating congressional districts. More than 650,000 students have participated in the competition since it began in 1982.   A copy of the grand prize winning piece is attached to this release.                                                                                              ### Read More

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Rep. Justin Amash - Debate on Amash Amendment/Department of Defense Appropriations (July 24, 2013)

2013-07-25 23:43:14


Rep. Justin Amash - Floor speech on Ron Paul's Audit the Fed (H.R. 459) (July 24, 2012)

2012-07-25 00:53:28


Rep. Justin Amash - Oversight hearing on Ron Paul's Audit the Fed (H.R. 459) (June 27, 2012)

2012-07-23 03:43:31


Rep. Justin Amash - Floor speech on Smith-Amash Amendment/National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

2012-05-18 17:12:40


Rep. Justin Amash - Floor speech on amendment to CISPA

2012-05-07 15:36:39


Rep. Justin Amash - Oversight hearing questioning Postmaster General | 2 of 2 (March 27, 2012)

2012-05-07 15:36:29


Rep. Justin Amash - Oversight hearing questioning Postmaster General | 1 of 2 (March 27, 2012)

2012-05-07 15:31:56


Rep. Justin Amash - Oversight hearing on HHS contraceptive mandate

2012-05-07 15:19:12


Rep. Justin Amash - Floor speech on amendment to cut $242.2 million in concert subsidies

2012-05-07 15:15:53


Rep. Justin Amash - Floor speech honoring former First Lady Betty Ford

2012-05-07 15:10:53


Rep. Justin Amash - Floor speech on Libya Amendment

2012-05-07 15:08:46


Rep. Justin Amash - Why are we spending tax dollars on FECA beneficiaries well past retirement age?

2012-05-07 15:07:42


Rep. Justin Amash - Oversight hearing (March 9, 2011)

2012-05-07 15:01:35


Rep. Justin Amash - Oversight field hearing in Baltimore, MD (March 8, 2011)

2012-05-07 14:49:35


Rep. Justin Amash - Oversight hearing on postal service (March 2, 2011)

2012-05-07 14:41:05


Rep. Justin Amash - Floor speech on H.R. 2

2012-05-07 14:37:21


Contact Information

114 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3831
Fax 202-225-5144
amash.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Oversight and Government Reform

Representative Justin Amash (pronounced uh-MOSH) represents Michigan’s Third District in the 113th United States Congress. He was elected to his first term on November 2, 2010.

Justin was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree with High Honors in Economics from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He worked for his family’s business, as a business lawyer, and as a Michigan state representative before his election to Congress.

Justin has never missed a vote in Congress or in the Michigan Legislature out of more than 3,000 roll call votes. He is leading the incorporation of Facebook and other social media into his work as an elected official by posting an explanation of every vote online, and he has set new standards for transparency and accountability.

Justin believes government overspending is one of the biggest threats to our economic health and national security, and he has introduced an innovative balanced budget amendment—the Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment—to control government spending and reduce the national debt. He supports a fair and simple tax code and a regulatory environment that promotes economic prosperity.

As an ardent defender of Americans’ civil liberties, Justin has been a leading critic of theunconstitutional suspicionless mass collection of all Americans’ phone records, the indefinite detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

When asked by a New York Times reporter to describe his voting methodology, Justin explained: “I follow a set of principles, I follow the Constitution. And that’s what I base my votes on. Limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty.”

Justin is a member of the Joint Economic Committee and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR). He serves on the OGR subcommittees on National Security andGovernment Operations. Justin chairs the House Liberty Caucus.

Justin lives in Cascade Charter Township with his wife Kara, a graduate of Calvin College and a former elementary school teacher. Justin and Kara have three children.


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