Republican Peter Meijer served as the United States representative for Michigan’s third district in the 117th Congress, and recent news reports indicate that he may be a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2024. Currently a fellow at the UChicago Institute of Politics (IOP), he graciously agreed to sit down with the Thinker for a full-length interview.
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Meijer served his nation by enlisting in the Army Reserves, in which capacity he was deployed to Iraq in 2010 to conduct intelligence operations. He subsequently led humanitarian efforts in disaster-hit areas both domestically and globally, including in South Sudan and the Philippines, and worked for a nongovernmental organization in Afghanistan.
Meijer was elected to the House in 2020, a cycle wherein the Democrats retained control of Congress. Even so, he was an active legislator, working keenly to address issues such as human trafficking, supply chain disruptions, the cost of living crisis, and veterans’ health and well-being.
Early in 2021, Meijer voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump after the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. He was subsequently defeated in the 2022 election cycle by a Trump-endorsed primary challenger.
My interview with Meijer covers three broad topics: his views on government regulation and the American dream, the topic of his seminars at the IOP; foreign policy, in particular the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 and Russia’s war in Ukraine; and his experiences in U.S. politics and thoughts on the future of the Republican Party.
Watch our full conversation below:
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Aatman Vakil is a staff writer for the Chicago Thinker. As a senior at the College, he is majoring in Economics and Music. He has a profound interest in Renaissance, Early Modern, and Indian history, and he is active in various ensembles on campus, specializing in Renaissance and Baroque music.