Americans for Prosperity Action (AFP Action) Endorses Tom Barrett and John James for the U.S. House of Representatives

Lansing, Michigan—Americans for Prosperity Action Michigan (AFP Action MI) announced today its endorsement of Tom Barrett to Michigan’s 7th Congressional District and John James to Michigan’s 10th Congressional District.

AFP Action will leverage a wide range of tactics, including the country’s largest grassroots outreach and mobilization, a full-time dedicated staff, and trained volunteers to educate and mobilize voters to support endorsed candidates.

During the 2020 election cycle, AFP Action supported candidates nationwide with more than 8.5 million telephone calls, 1.5 million door knocks, and more than 49 million pieces of mail. AFP Action has unmatched direct voter outreach capabilities supported by a world-class data operation.

“The American people are suffering the consequences of unchecked government spending,” said AFP Action Senior Advisor Annie Patnaude. “Each day, more of their paychecks and savings are being chipped away by out-of-control inflation. That’s why we are support candidates who are focused on principles and policies that will improve people’s lives and get government out of the way so they have the greatest opportunity to succeed and live fulfilling lives.

“Tom Barrett and John James will be leaders in Congress championing those policies for the people of Michigan,” she said.

AFP Action is a 527 political action committee focused on electing candidates who will drive policy change and facilitate the building of broad policy coalitions that remove barriers to opportunity and help people improve their lives. The organization has a strong, permanent grassroots presence, including highly motivated activists who volunteer during the election season by making telephone calls and knocking on doors in support of policy champions. 

Tom Barrett (MI-07)

Tom Barrett’s record in the State Senate proves him to be a reliable advocate for Michigan taxpayers. In the State Senate, Barrett voted to roll back the individual income tax rate and pushed to cut taxes on pensions. He will be a champion in Congress for commonsense fiscal policies that control government spending, promote economic growth, and create opportunities for new and better-paying jobs.

Barrett is a champion of workers through his efforts to break down legal and regulatory barriers that deny opportunities to qualified individuals. Barrett has voted to remove occupational licensing barriers, which require individuals to get state permission before they can perform certain jobs or open new businesses.

In Washington, Barrett will work to eliminate government rules and regulations that impose unnecessary burdens on businesses trying to provide jobs and contribute to their communities. In the State Senate, he supported a regulatory review bill that would require the annual review of rules, regulations, and licenses imposed on businesses and a bill to prohibit rules adopted by state agencies from being more stringent than federal regulations.

John James (MI-10)

John James will support policies that respect taxpayers, grow a strong economy, and end inflation that is eating away at paychecks and savings. He believes that taxpayers know better than the government how to best spend their hard-earned money, and Congress must get control of the federal budget. In Congress, he will be a strong advocate of controlling inflationary spending through a Balanced Budget Amendment and ending the practice of lumping multiple spending bills into massive, budget-busting catch-all bills that nobody reads. James will work to protect the tax reduction policies enacted in 2017.

John James will be a strong advocate for expanding educational opportunities for school children and adults in need of workforce training. James supports more choices and greater flexibility to help parents meet the specific educational needs of their children, including public, private, and charter schools.

John James is committed to making health care more accessible and affordable through market-based, patient-centered policies. He supports tort and regulatory reforms and greater transparency and competition to lower costs and increase quality. He will oppose harmful, top-down approaches to health care that reduce choice and drive-up costs.