Fred Upton is known as a sincere, hardworking leader who listens to all perspectives, supports our Midwestern values, and achieves results for Southwest Michigan. As Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Fred focus remains on passing important legislation to encourage job creation, protect taxpayers, help our community and enhance the quality of life for everyone in Southwest Michigan and throughout our country.
Prior to his election to Congress, Fred worked for President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Management and Budget. While at OMB, Fred developed a keen understanding of fiscal issues and the critical importance of cutting deficit spending and reducing the debt to protect the nation’s fiscal integrity. Fred is fighting hard to put our nation’s fiscal house back in order through spending cuts and reforms like the Balanced Budget Amendment and the line-item veto.
The Dowagiac Daily News calls Fred a “breath of fresh air in polarized Washington” who “keeps company at the highest levels of the federal government, but he never forgets where he comes from.” Fred’s hometown paper, The Herald Palladium, calls Fred an “engaged, positive representative” who has “effectively pulled the levers of government that have allowed key infrastructure projects to move forward.” Additionally, in 2016, independent outlet Newsmax named Fred one of the “Top 25 Hardest Working Members of Congress”.
In 2010, Fred was selected by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over issues relating to energy, the environment, healthcare, telecommunications, commerce, manufacturing, trade, and oversight and investigations.
Fred knows how to get things done in Washington and back home in Southwest Michigan.
As Energy and Commerce Chairman, Fred has a bipartisan track record of successful initiatives. During his tenure, he has ushered over 130 pieces of legislation into law, with over 40 bipartisan bills being signed into law during this current session of Congress alone.
These commonsense bills focus on our shared priorities: encouraging economic growth, protecting American families and local initiatives, strengthening Medicare now and for the future, combating drug abuse, banning pollutants that harm our Great Lakes, strengthening pipeline safety laws, updating our out-of-date chemical safety laws, reforming our broken mental health system, and creating good paying jobs for folks right here in Southwest Michigan.
Fred is also the leading driver of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Initiative which will speed up the development and approval of life-savings drugs and devices – helping patients and families in need across the country. 21st Century Cures also supports local jobs by modernizing regulations to enable medical manufacturing to thrive in Southwest Michigan. Thanks to Fred’s leadership, 21st Century Cures was advanced in the House of Representatives by an overwhelming 344-77 vote. It now awaits action in the Senate.
Fred is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and remains a Wolverines and Cubs fan.
He and his wife Amey of 30 years are the proud parents of two children.