Justin Amash

official U.S. Congress photo of Justin Amash, c. 2015

Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 18, 1980

Ethnicity: Palestinian Arab, Syrian Arab

Justin Amash is an American attorney and politician. He served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan, from January 3, 2011 to January 3, 2021. He was a Republican until 2019, becoming an independent, and then joining the Libertarian Party in 2020. Thus, he is the first Libertarian to serve in the U.S. Congress.

He was a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2020.

His father, Attallah, is from a Palestinian Arab Christian (Antiochian Orthodox) family, and moved to the U.S. in 1956. His mother, Mimi, is Syrian, from a Syrian Orthodox family. Justin is an Orthodox Christian.

Justin is married to Kara, with whom he has three children.

Justin’s paternal grandparents were named Elias A. Amash and Fotten. Fotten was born in Lid.

Source: Obituary of Justin’s paternal grandmother, Fotten Amash – http://obits.mlive.com

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