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US Rep. Amash officially won’t seek reelection to Congress

LANSING, Mich. — US Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, a former Republican who backed the impeachment of President Trump, is officially not running for reelection.

Amash had suspended his congressional campaign in February and later explored seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination for president. Thursday was Michigan’s deadline to run as an independent, though some were also holding out hope he might seek the Libertarians’ nomination at a state convention Saturday.

“I love representing our community in Congress. I always will,’’ Amash tweeted. “This is my choice, but I’m still going to miss it.”

Amash, 40, initially became an independent a year ago after becoming disenchanted with partisan politics and being the lone House Republican to support an impeachment inquiry. He was one of the founding members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

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The Trump critic has represented Michigan’s 3rd Congressional district since 2011. The district has a five-way GOP primary set for Aug. 4.

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