Republican Justin Amash is the leading advocate for government restraint in the United States House of Representatives. His positions on a range of important issues reflect his principled, consistent commitment to limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty.
Justin has fought to protect our civil liberties even when it has meant standing virtually alone among his Republican peers. He worked across the aisle on the Smith-Amash amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to prohibit the indefinite detention of American citizens without charge or trial. He has been a leading opponent of the unconstitutional Patriot Act provisions and led the charge in the House against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)—which threatened to censor Internet content and stifle free speech—and the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)—an innocuous-sounding bill with serious privacy implications.
Justin has fought to stop targeted tax breaks and subsidies to government-favored companies and industries—including big oil—and has opposed bailouts for failing companies and industries. He believes that taxing people only to redistribute their money to politically well-connected groups is morally wrong, unconstitutional, and economically unsound.
Justin is very concerned about the crushing debt burden that the federal government is placing on future generations—a level of debt that will reduce the economic opportunity available to our children and grandchildren. In response, Justin has proposed a unique balanced budget amendment with wide bipartisan support. H.J. Res. 81, the Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment, balances current year spending with the average revenue of the last three years. Averaging revenue smoothes out the jumps and dives in federal revenue, makes the budget more predictable, puts downward pressure on taxes, and over time ensures small, sustainable budget surpluses to pay down the debt.
Justin opposes legislation that limits market competition. He recognizes that major players within an industry often demand more regulations, which are presented as responsible reforms, but are actually aimed at harming competitors and consumers.
Justin and his family are committed Christians. Justin's Christian faith is an important part of who he is. It informs his values, principles, and dedication to contributing to his neighbors and country through the political process. As a pro-life conservative, Justin believes that unborn children are human beings endowed with a right to life that no one may take from them. Justin has authored legislation to restrict abortions in the District of Columbia and has cosponsored several bills in the 112th Congress to protect the most vulnerable:
- H.R. 3, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
- H.R. 217, Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act
- H.R. 358, Protect Life Act
- H.R. 361, Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2011
- H.R. 3803, District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
As a Member of Congress, Justin has continued to set new standards for accountability and transparency. He voluntarily provides a detailed list of his office expenses, staff salaries, and congressional benefits online, because he believes you should know how your tax dollars are being spent. He also has earned a wide following across the country for using his official congressional Facebook Page
to personally explain every vote he takes on the House floor.
Justin was born in Grand Rapids and raised in Kentwood. He attended Grand Rapids Christian High School, where he graduated as valedictorian. 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. Justin worked as a business lawyer in Grand Rapids before pursuing public office. He was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2008 and to the United States House of Representatives in 2010.
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, Alexander, Anwen, and Evelyn.
Justin was honored to be named one of TIME Magazine's "40 under 40 - Rising Stars of U.S. Politics." You can read more about it here