Excerpted from original article at The Jack News as part of an ongoing series about potential candidates for the LP 2020 Presidential Nomination:
The only self-identified libertarian in Congress, albeit with a lowercase ‘L’, Justin Amash has long enjoyed a devoted fan base among movement libertarians.
As the son of Syrian and Palestinian Christian refugees, Amash has also attracted notice as one of the few Republicans to remain steadfast in opposition to President Trump’s “travel ban” targeted at Muslim-majority nations including Syria.
While generally reluctant to play identity politics, his background as one of the few Arab-American members of Congress provides potent symbolism to his opposition.
Will the nation’s sole libertarian Congressman bolt in time to seek the Libertarian Party nomination in 2020? That heavily depends on whether or not he wants to continue in Congress representing the Grand Rapids-area district once held by Gerald Ford. Michigan law does not permit him to be a candidate both for President and re-election to the House in the same election.