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Fred Upton
Fred Upton.jpg
U.S. House, Michigan, District 6
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1987-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 27
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBob Carr (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$27.01 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$11,899,207
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolShattuck School, Fairbault, MN
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Personal
BirthdayApril 23, 1953
Place of birthSt. Joseph, Michigan
ProfessionCivil Servant
Net worth$18,330,586
ReligionCongregationalist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Fred Upton campaign logo
Frederick Stephen "Fred" Upton (b. April 23, 1953, in St. Joseph, Michigan) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 6th Congressional District. Upton was first elected to the House in 1986.

Upton most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Mike O'Brien (D), Christie Gelineau (L) and Jason Gatties (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Upton is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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.

Biography

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.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Upton's professional and political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Upton serves on the following committees:[2]

  • 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

2011-2012

Upton served on the following House committees:[3]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Upton's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" 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.[6]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Upton voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[8]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[9] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Upton voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Upton voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[12]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[15] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[16] Upton voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[18] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Upton voted for HR 2775.[19]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[20]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" 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.[23]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" 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.[24]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[25]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Fred Upton endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [26]

Campaign themes

2012

The five policy positions below were highlighted on Upton's campaign website.[27]

  • 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."[27]

  • 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."[27]

  • Healthcare

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.[27]

  • Energy

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."[27]

  • Protecting Michigan Taxpayers

Excerpt: "Fred supports keeping the federal government limited, transparent, and accountable to the American people."[27]

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Upton is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Michigan's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Upton won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Michigan's 6th District.[28] 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.[29]


Fred Upton, Jobs & the Economy[30]
U.S. House, Michigan District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mike O'Brien 42.6% 136,563
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFred Upton Incumbent 54.6% 174,955
     Libertarian Christie Gelineau 2% 6,366
     UST Jason Gatties 0.8% 2,591
Total Votes 320,475
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.[31] Competition from former state representative Jack Hoogendyk was expected to be one of the top reasons for Upton's vulnerability in the primary.[31] Upton faced Hoogendyk in 2010.[31]

U.S. House, Michigan District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred Upton Incumbent 66.3% 34,581
Jack Hoogendyk 33.7% 17,561
Total Votes 52,142

Endorsements

Upton was endorsed by the organizations and individuals below.[32]

  • 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

Full history


Campaign donors

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.[46]

Fred Upton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Michigan, District 6) Won $4,129,538
2010 US House (Michigan, District 6) Won $2,014,321
2008 US House (Michigan, District 6) Won $1,413,946
2006 US House (Michigan, District 6) Won $1,237,450
2004 US House (Michigan, District 6) Won $1,100,825
2002 US House (Michigan, District 6) Won $1,231,896
2000 US House (Michigan, District 6) Won $771,231
Grand Total Raised $11,899,207

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Upton's reports.[47]

Fred Upton (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[48]April 15, 2013$70,588.16$475,607.87$(157,097.03)$389,099.01
July Quarterly[49]July 15, 2013$389,099.01$464,716.88$(134,032.19)$719,783.70
October Quarterly[50]October 15, 2013$719,783.70$274,515.89$(101,188.69)$893,110.90
Year-End[51]January 31, 2014$893,110.90$272,260.89$(233,437.94)$931,933.85
April Quarterly[52]April 15, 2014$931,933.85$500,954.18$(127,300.94)$1,305,587.09
Running totals
$1,988,055.71$(753,056.79)

2012

Breakdown of Upton's funds according to source.

Upton won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Upton's campaign committee raised a total of $4,129,538 and spent $4,724,798.[53]

Cost per vote

Upton spent $27.01 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Upton's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

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.[54]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Upton is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[55]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[56]

Upton most often votes with:

Upton least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[55]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[57]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Upton was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Upton's staff was given an apparent $2,900.00 in bonus money.[58]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Upton's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $8,321,173 and $28,340,000. That averages to $18,330,586.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Upton ranked as the 35th most wealthy representative in 2012.[59]

Fred Upton Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$18,330,58615.45%
2011$15,878,109-2.52%
2010$16,288,608N/A

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.

2012

Upton was ranked the 185th most conservative representative during 2012.[60]

2011

Upton was ranked the 206th most conservative representative during 2011.[61]

Voting with party

2013

Upton voted with the Republican Party 96.4% of the time, which ranked 133rd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[62]

Personal

Upton has two children with his wife, Amey.[63]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Fred Upton," accessed December 23, 2011
  2. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  3. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," accessed December 23, 2011
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
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  21. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. 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
  24. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
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  30. YouTube channel
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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Carr
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan
1993–present
Succeeded by
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