Former GOP Rep Launches Senate Bid

Former GOP Rep Launches Senate Bid

( – Former Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI) lost his bid for the GOP’s nomination in August 2022 to John Gibbs, Donald Trump’s acting assistant director for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Political observers noted that Meijer was one of only 10 Republicans who voted to impeach the former president the previous year. He recently announced his decision to launch a bid for the US Senate.

On November 6, Meijer posted a press release on his X/Twitter account announcing his bid to replace retiring Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow. Meijer advised that he considered every aspect of entering the race with his wife. He said they also prayed about his decision and concluded that he had the best chance to take back the seat for Republicans and fight for a “conservative future.”

Continuing, Meijer explained that the country currently faces “dark and uncertain times.” However, he said the country had endured worse situations in the past. He predicted that with bold leadership and hard work, the country could enjoy another “great American century.”

Meijer’s statement included a biography. He briefly noted his enlistment in the US Army Reserves and West Point Commission. He also discussed his deployment to Iraq, where he “conducted intelligence operations,” his service with the “NGO community in Afghanistan,” and his work as an advocate for veterans at home and as a member of the House Science, Homeland Security, and Foreign Affairs committees.

POLITICO first reported on Meijer’s Senate bid on November 1 after Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) advised other Republican senators that a Meijer family member said he decided to launch his campaign. He told attendees of a Senate GOP lunch that the former representative planned to announce his candidacy within 48 hours.

Meijer joins several other Republican candidates hoping to replace Stabenow. His leading GOP opponents include business executive Michael Hoover, Michigan election board member Nikki Snyder, Detroit Police Chief James Craig, and former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI).

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