Justin Amash won’t run for U.S. Senate

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) will not run for the U.S. Senate next year, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) (AP)

His decision likely paves the way for Terri Lynn Land, a former Michigan secretary of state, to run against challenge Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who plans to run to succeed retiring Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).

Amash's decision also means that he will not join the growing number of younger, conservative tea party-backed senators elected in recent years who have spent most of this year attempting to slow or postpone bills under consideration.

This summer Amash led a bipartisan push in the House to defund part of the domestic spying program operated by the National Security Agency. The proposal was narrowly defeated, but attracted support from a mix of conservative and liberal lawmakers.

Amash, 33, has served in the House since 2011.

 

 

 

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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