Amash was the representative for Michigan’s 3rd congressional district and was most recently a Libertarian (2020-2020) and previously a Republican (2011-2019) and an Independent (2019-2020). He served from 2011 to 2020.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Amash.
Amash is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2020 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 sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 28, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Amash was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 1850 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 907 Fourth Avenue in Lake Odessa, Michigan, as the “Donna Sauers Besko Post Office”.
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).
Amash sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) International Affairs (15%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (12%) Immigration (12%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%)
Some of Amash’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 9041 (116th): National Emergencies Reform Act
- H.R. 9040 (116th): Protect Asylum Seekers Act
- H.R. 9039 (116th): To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to operate alternatives to detention ...
- H.J.Res. 109 (116th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
- H.J.Res. 108 (116th): Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
- H.R. 9026 (116th): FISA Oversight Correction Act
- H.R. 9025 (116th): Intelligence Community Congressional Whistleblowing Improvement Act
From Jan 2011 to Dec 2020, Amash missed 1 of 6,299 roll call votes, which is 0.0%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2020. 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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