U.S. Rep. Justin Amash

Rep. Jim Lower portrait

Republican state Rep. Jim Lower has ended his campaign for a Grand Rapids-area congressional seat, citing fundraising challenges and family concerns. 

Lower jumped in the race in May after Republican U.S. Rep. Justin Amash accused President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct. Amash later became an independent.

Lower's departure leaves six Republicans in the primary field, including state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, businessman Joel Langlois, Peter Meijer - whose family built the Meijer chain of grocery and general merchandise stores - and Tom Norton.

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga portrait

A sharply divided House of Representatives has approved the rules for its impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. How did local U.S. Representatives vote?

“This is outside the norm of anything that we have seen regarding impeachment in the past.”

U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga recalls the Nixon and Clinton impeachments drew bipartisan support.

Thursday's near party-line vote broke with a 232-196 roll call. It was the chamber's first formal vote on a process that's likely to take months, possibly stretching into the early weeks of the 2020 election year.

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Former Republican and United States Representative Justin Amash made a series of stops in West Michigan on Wednesday, where the now, politically Independent Congressman called for unity in Michigan’s 3rd District. 

Amash left the Republican Party on July 4. He had previously come under scrutiny from the GOP and House Freedom Caucus for declaring that after reading the entire Robert Mueller report, President Donald Trump had engaged in impeachable offenses.

Amash said his decision to leave the party shouldn't have an impact on his ability to get reelected in 2020. 

After Amash dumped Trump, his district may do same to him

Aug 19, 2019

Eirran Betka-Pope was on her lunch break when she spotted hundreds of Donald Trump supporters protesting outside the office of Rep. Justin Amash, the first Republican on Capitol Hill to say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the president.

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U.S. Representative Justin Amash is leaving the Republican party. Thursday, in an Op-ed article published in the Washington Post, the Cascade Republican explains partisan politics is damaging American democracy.

Amash is the only Republican member of Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct. Amash, who represents Michigan's 3rd Congressional district, attended the 85th annual Hollyhock Lane 4th of July Parade in Grand Rapids.

WGVU spoke with the Congressman about his decision to leave the GOP.

Peter Meijer portrait

A fourth Republican is challenging fifth-term U.S. Representative Justin Amash for his congressional seat in western Michigan.

Peter Meijer, whose great-grandfather and grandfather built the Meijer chain of grocery and general merchandise stores, announced his candidacy Wednesday. The 31-year-old military veteran and Grand Rapids native who served in Iraq is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.

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First-term Michigan state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis has announced her candidacy for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District seat.

The Republican says she is running to ensure the continuation of America's revival, not to work "against it." The 60-year-old Grand Rapids Township resident spent 25 years working with and for Universal Forest Products and once was a newspaper reporter.

U.S. Representative Justin Amash is the only Republican member of Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct.

Justin Amash U.S. House of Representatives photo

The lone Republican calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment has quit an influential caucus of House conservatives.

A spokeswoman for Michigan Rep. Justin Amash confirmed on Tuesday that he had resigned from the Freedom Caucus. Amash is one of the group's founders, but it is now controlled by Trump's allies.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller did not find evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. West Michigan’s U.S. Congressional leaders are offering their perspective on the findings.

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West Michigan’s congressional leaders are responding a bit differently to President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration funding more than 200-miles of the southern border wall. One congressman calls it a “non-emergency” the other warns the president to proceed with caution.

“I urge that caution because I’m very concerned about the Constitutionality of what the executive may be trying to do.”

That’s U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga. He tells me since 1979 there have been 58 declarations of emergency.