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Rep. Justin Amash

Representative for Michigan’s 3rd District

pronounced JUSS-tin // uh-MOSH

Amash is the representative for Michigan’s 3rd congressional district (view map) and is a Libertarian (2020-), previously a Republican (2011-2019) and an Independent (2019-2020). He has served since Jan 5, 2011. Amash is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.

Photo of Rep. Justin Amash [L-MI3]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Amash.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Amash is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Amash has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 22, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Enacted Legislation

Amash was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Amash sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (28%) Government Operations and Politics (22%) Immigration (17%) Transportation and Public Works (17%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (17%)

Recent Bills

Some of Amash’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Amash voted Nay

Passed 333/96 on Jul 25, 2019.

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Amash voted Nay

Amash voted Nay

Amash voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Amash voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Amash voted No

Amash voted No

Amash voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Sep 2020, Amash missed 1 of 6,247 roll call votes, which is 0.0%. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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