Amash announces congressional bid on Facebook

Justin Amash, the freshman Michigan state representative, used Facebook to announced his candidacy for Congress Tuesday.

"I am committed to bringing restraint, accountability, and transparency to the federal government," he said on his political Facebook page. "The president and Congress are spending our money and our children's money to bail out failing companies and reward irresponsibility. Government should not be entangled in our private industries and personal lives."

His announcement simultaneously went live on Twitter.

Amash, 29, announced his candidacy just hours before the man he wanted to unseat, 76-year-old Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.), announced his retirement.

Ehlers is ranking member of the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education. He is a vocal advocate of a federal ban of online poker. With a PhD in nuclear physics, he is also known as a valuable friend to the technology industry and increased support for science, math and engineering training.

Amash has also used technology make a name for himself, using social media and online video to stay connected with the younger set of conservative voters in Michigan.