Amash has represented Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District since he was first elected in 2010.
He is the son of a Syrian immigrant mother and a Palestinian refugee father. Before entering Congress, he worked as a lawyer for his family’s business and served a term from 2008-2010 in the Michigan state house.
Amash began in the House as a Republican, but he was always willing to split from the GOP leadership and the party orthodoxy on issues including war powers, foreign policy and surveillance.
He helped establish the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which clashed with Republican leaders and pushed to open up the legislative process and limit federal spending.
Amash grew disenchanted with the group during the Trump era. Leading Freedom Caucus members, including now-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Ohio Republican Jim Jordan, became some of the most outspoken defenders of the President, even as Amash continued to be one of the few Republicans willing to question him.
For more than a year afterward, Amash refused to rule out the possibility of a presidential bid. This spring, he said he was exploring a run as a Libertarian candidate, before ultimately deciding against it.
He said he concluded that “circumstances don’t lend themselves to my success as a candidate for president this year,” but he expressed optimism that a “candidate from outside the old parties, offering a vision of government grounded in liberty and equality, can break through in the right environment.”