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|U.S. House, Michigan, District 6|
|January 3, 1987-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||26|
|Predecessor||Bob Carr (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$27.01 in 2012|
|First elected||November 4, 1986|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Shattuck School, Fairbault, MN|
|Bachelor's||University of Michigan, Ann Arbor|
|Birthday||April 23, 1953|
|Place of birth||St. Joseph, Michigan|
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Upton is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
Upton was born in 1953 in St. Joseph, Michigan. After graduating from Shattuck School in Fairbault, Michigan, he went on to earn his B.A. at the University of Michigan in 1975. Prior to his career as a congressman, Upton worked in the Office of Management and Budget.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Upton's professional and political career:
- 1976-1980: Staff, United States Representative David Stockman of Michigan
- 1981-1985: Staff, Office of Management and Budget
- 1987-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 6th congressional district
Upton serves on the following committees:
- Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman
- Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
- Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
- Subcommittee on Energy and Power
- Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy
- Subcommittee on Health
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Upton served on the following House committees:
- Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman
The 113th Congress has had 22 out of 4,315 introduced bills enacted into law (0.5%) as of August 1, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.5% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Upton's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
National Defense Authorization Act
Upton voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Upton voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Upton voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination
Upton voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Upton voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
Upton voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Upton voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Previous congressional sessions
Upton voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
The five policy positions below were highlighted on Upton's campaign website.
- Jobs & Economy
Excerpt: "Fred is fighting to put a permanent halt on the Obama administration’s aggressive regulatory assault, which not only threatens to slow growth, but to destroy jobs and raise everyday costs for Michigan families."
- Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Fred has voted to enact real spending cuts to reduce our deficit and supports major budgetary reforms to put us back on a sound fiscal footing. He is a supporter of the constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment, which would require the federal government to live within its means each year, just like the rest of us."
Excerpt: "Fred is a national leader in the fight against the President’s controversial healthcare law. Fred voted against the law’s passage and one of his very first acts as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee was to shepherd through repeal legislation, which passed the House on January 19, 2011 by a vote of 245-189.
Excerpt: "Fred is a champion of the Keystone XL pipeline project, a Canadian energy pipeline that will create countless good-paying jobs in the United States and bring us almost 1 million barrels of oil per day."
- Protecting Michigan Taxpayers
Excerpt: "Fred supports keeping the federal government limited, transparent, and accountable to the American people."
Upton won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Michigan's 6th District. He defeated Jack Hoogendyk in the Republican primary. He then defeated Mike O'Brien (D), Christie Gelineau (L) and Jason Gatties (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Michigan District 6 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Fred Upton Incumbent||54.6%||174,955|
|Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
According to a March 30, 2012 article from The Washington Post, that noted the top 10 incumbents who could lose their primaries, Upton was the 4th most likely incumbent to lose his primary. Competition from former state representative Jack Hoogendyk was expected to be one of the top reasons for Upton's vulnerability in the primary. Upton faced Hoogendyk in 2010.
|Michigan's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Fred Upton Incumbent||66.3%||34,581|
Upton was endorsed by the organizations and individuals below.
- Michigan Farm Bureau
- Michigan Association of Police Organizations
- Right to Life of Michigan
- National Right to Life
- National Rifle Association
- National Association of Realtors
- Family Research Council
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce
- State Representative Jase Bolger
- State Representative Bob Genetski
- State Representative Matt Lori
- State Representative Margaret O’Brien
- State Senator John Proos
- State Representative Al Pscholka
- State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker
To view the full congressional electoral history for Fred Upton, click [show] to expand the section.
Comprehensive donor information for Upton is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Upton raised a total of $11,899,207 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.
|Fred Upton's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Michigan, District 6)||$4,129,538|
|2010||US House (Michigan, District 6)||$2,014,321|
|2008||US House (Michigan, District 6)||$1,413,946|
|2006||US House (Michigan, District 6)||$1,237,450|
|2004||US House (Michigan, District 6)||$1,100,825|
|2002||US House (Michigan, District 6)||$1,231,896|
|2000||US House (Michigan, District 6)||$771,231|
|Grand Total Raised||$11,899,207|
|Fred Upton (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$70,588.16||$475,607.87||$(157,097.03)||$389,099.01|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$389,099.01||$464,716.88||$(134,032.19)||$719,783.70|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$719,783.70||$274,515.89||$(101,188.69)||$893,110.90|
Cost per vote
Upton spent $27.01 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Michigan District 6, 2012 - Fred Upton Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$293,987|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$292,383|
|Top contributors to Fred Upton's campaign committee|
|National Assn of Broadcasters||$22,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$208,300|
Upton won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Upton's campaign committee raised a total of $2,014,321 and spent $2,083,790.
|U.S. House, Michigan District 6, 2010 - Fred Upton Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$62,447|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$61,614|
|Top contributors to Fred Upton's campaign committee|
|National Amusements Inc||$19,600|
|Ford Motor Co||$16,800|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Upton most often votes with:
Upton least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Upton missed 32 of 16,295 roll call votes from Jan 1987 to Mar 2013, which is 0.2% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Upton paid his congressional staff a total of $931,276 in 2011. He ranked 141st on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 181st overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Michigan ranked 13th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
According to an analysis by CNN, Upton is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Upton's staff was given an apparent $2,900.00 in bonus money.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Upton's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $7,391,218 and $24,365,000. This averages to $15,878,109, which is a 0.0252% decrease since 2010. This is higher than the $7,859,232 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Upton's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $7,762,217 and $24,814,999. That averages to $16,288,608, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Upton was ranked the 185th most conservative representative during 2012.
Upton was ranked the 206th most conservative representative during 2011.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Upton has voted with the Republican Party 96.4% of the time, which ranked 133rd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Upton has two children with his wife, Amey.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Fred + Upton + Michigan + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Steny Hoyer to oppose Fred Upton bill - Politico
- House Approves 'Keep Your Health Plan' Legislation - WBUR
- Congressman Fred Upton attends White House signing of epi-pen bill - Mlive Kalamazoo
- Which Democrats voted for Fred Upton's bill? - Slate Magazine (blog)
- House Republicans Accuse Administration of Thwarting Energy Boom - National Journal
- Medicaid Expansion To Cover Many Former Prisoners - Kaiser Health News
- Obama administration knew of key Obamacare delay in August, emails say - Washington Times
- Obamacare in crisis: West Michigan's Upton wants 'subpar' policies to continue ... - HollandSentinel.com
- Congressmen Upton, Walden Propose Rewrite Of Communications Act - All Access Music Group
- Congressional leaders call for Communications Act makeover - CNET (blog)
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Fred Upton," Accessed December 23, 2011
- ↑ CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," Accessed December 23, 2011
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," August 1, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," Accessed January 4, 2013.
- ↑ Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Michigan Congressman Fred Upton, Congressman Tim Walberg and Additional Michigan Leaders," February 8, 2012
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 Fred Upton, "Issues," Accessed October 5, 2012
- ↑ Politico, "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
- ↑ Associated Press primary results
- ↑ YouTube channel
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 20.2 The Washingotn Post, "The next Jean Schmidt? The top 10 House incumbents who could lose their primaries," Accessed April 1, 2012
- ↑ Fred Upton, "Endorsements," Accessed October 5, 2012
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986"
- ↑ Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Fred Upton," Accessed May 16, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Fred Upton Summary Report," Accessed July 25, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Fred Upton April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Fred Upton July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Fred Upton October Quarterly," Accessed October 22, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets, "Fred Upton 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed December 23, 2011
- ↑ 42.0 42.1 GovTrack, "Fred Upton," Accessed June 7, 2013
- ↑ OpenCongress, "Fred Upton," Accessed August 6, 2013
- ↑ LegiStorm, "Fred Upton"
- ↑ CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," March 8, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets, "Upton, (D-Michigan), 2011"
- ↑ Open Secrets, "Upton, (D-Michigan), 2010"
- ↑ National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
- ↑ National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- ↑ OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
- ↑ Official House Site, "Biography," Accessed December 23, 2011
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