• Education

    Fred believes that everyone should have equal access to a quality education and believes it is necessary for success in today’s world.

    Fred has a long history of supporting innovative educational initiatives such as Head Start, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs, and FIRST Robotics. Fred also supported the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was bipartisan, bicameral legislation signed into law by President Obama in 2015 that overhauled our education laws for the first time since No Child Left Behind was crafted in 2002.

    Additionally, Fred supports efforts to make higher education more affordable for families and has voted for bipartisan legislation to improve federal financial aid programs that removes barriers to achieving a higher education degree.

    The key to success in the 21st Century is a high quality education, Fred will continue to fight for commonsense policies that give students, parents, and teachers a voice and allow for students to achieve their goals.

    As a result of his bipartisan leadership, Fred was awarded the Champion of Children Award.

  • Combatting Drug Abuse

    Fred understands how out-of-control opioid abuse has gotten in our communities and across the country. As part of Fred’s landmark 21st Century Cures Act, the federal government has allocated $1B in funding to states to prevent and fight opioid addiction. In the first round of funding, Michigan received $16 million in grants. These resources will make a big difference.

    Fred continues to work directly with Southwest Michigan law enforcement, medical and education communities, and families to address the tragic epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse. Fred has also worked on bipartisan legislation to promote cooperation among the private sector and government agencies to encourage prevention and treatment to help patients.

    Drug abuse doesn’t discriminate, and Fred knows we need to work together to solve this crisis sweeping through our communities.

    As a result of Fred’s bipartisan leadership, individuals facing addiction and their concerned families have more hope they can overcome the life-threatening challenge of drug addiction.

  • Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security

    Fred knows that our seniors and most vulnerable here in Southwest Michigan deserve a strong and secure safety net that works for them. Folks deserve peace of mind that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will be there for them – and Fred believes we should be working to protect it for future generations as well.

    In 2014, Fred was able to help negotiate and advance a major bipartisan deal that essentially saved Medicare. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act permanently fixes the Medicare payment formula, which protects seniors’ access to doctors. Without this permanent “doc fix” – many seniors would have lost access to their doctors. Instead, Fred reached across the aisle and helped get a bill signed into law by President Obama.

    As a result, Fred was awarded the 2015 Medicare Part D Patient Access Champion Award from the St. Joseph Area on Aging.

    Fred strongly believes that those who have done so much for our country deserve the safety and security of our programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Fred also knows that we need to work together to ensure the long-term solvency of these critical programs for future generations.

    As a result of his bipartisan leadership, Fred was named as a 2016 Medicare Advantage Champion.

  • Protecting Our Great Lakes & Environment

    Fred grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and understands and appreciates our Great Lakes ecosystem and natural resources. Fred has an extensive record of working to protect our Great Lakes.

    Working on a bipartisan basis, Fred led the charge to ban harmful microbeads from polluting our Great Lakes. Microbeads are tiny bits of plastic that can pollute waterways and in 2015, President Obama signed Fred’s legislation into law, marking a major win for our Great Lakes.

    The tragedy in Flint, Michigan, demanded immediate action, so Fred reached across the aisle and worked closely with Congressman Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, on bipartisan legislation that passed the House of Representatives 416-2 that demanded accountability from all levels of government to ensure what happened in Flint can never happen again in any community.

    Additionally, Fred has been a longtime, bipartisan leader in the efforts to fight invasive species like Asian Carp. Asian Carp represent a real threat to the future of our Great Lakes. Fred has supported bipartisan efforts to provide much needed resources to fight Asian Carp as well as the efforts to physically separate the Mississippi River water shed from the Great Lakes water shed.

    Fred has also led the charge against British Petroleum trying to dump toxins into Lake Michigan and been a local leader in working to protect our coastal communities from erosion and ensuring our harbors are properly dredged.

    Protecting and preserving the integrity of our Great Lakes will be continue to be an issue at the forefront of Fred’s mind as water infrastructure issues take center stage.

    As a result of his bipartisan leadership, Fred was awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Award by ConservAmerica for his leadership in common sense conservation of our natural resources.

  • Bipartisan Results: Getting the Job Done for Southwest Michigan (Part 3)

    Welcome to week three highlighting some of my Energy and Commerce Committee’s many bipartisan success stories and the positive impact they are directly having on Southwest Michigan.  This week I want to talk with you about H.R. 307, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013.


    The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 sounds complicated but it is really not.  Sponsored by my Michigan colleague Rep. Mike Rogers, this common-sense legislation improves the safety of our nation at every level. Specifically it brings more predictability to medical countermeasure development, protects our nation’s children, strengthens our preparedness on the emergency response front line, and increases accountability and transparency.

    In this post-9/11 world, where terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda and ISIS threaten public safety, peace, and stability, we can never be too prepared. The bipartisan law prepares for worst-case scenario type situations, working to ensure medical countermeasures are at the ready in the event of a biological, nuclear, radiological, or chemical attack.

    From attacks to flu outbreaks, our local communities, hospitals, and first responders need every tool at their disposal in order to keep us safe during times of emergency. That is what this bill does.

    Supported by groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 was signed into law on March 13, 2013.

    I am so proud to serve you in Washington and my mission has remained the same since Day One: Getting the job done for folks right here in Southwest Michigan.

    God bless,


  • Bipartisan Results: Getting the Job Done for Southwest Michigan (Part 2)

    Last week I began a new series highlighting some of my committee’s many bipartisan successes and the positive impact these bills have on folks here in Southwest Michigan. This week I would like to talk with you about H.R. 297, the Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013.


    The Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Support Reauthorization Act ensures an adequate number of trained pediatricians and pediatric specialists are available to treat our kids in Southwest Michigan and communities across the country. A doctor shortage would have a real impact on the health of our children, and this bill helps ensure we have a sufficient number of medical professionals able to keep our kids healthy and safe.

    Why does this bill matter? Simply put: Healthy kids lead to healthy communities. This bill is a win for Southwest Michigan families, jobs, and our future. Nearly 50 percent of pediatricians and pediatric specialists are trained through this important program.

    The Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013 was signed into law on April 8, 2014 (Public Law No: 113-98).

    I am proud to serve you in Washington and my mission has remained the same from Day 1: Getting the job done for folks right here in Southwest Michigan.

    God bless,


  • Bipartisan Results: Getting the Job Done for SW Michigan

    By now you’re probably sick and tired of hearing about the dysfunction in Washington. I know I am – especially since I’ve always been one willing to reach across the aisle in order to get the job done for Southwest Michigan.

    But as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee I am also proud of our strong record of bipartisan results, which is something that we don’t see enough of in the news. That’s why over the next ten weeks I’d like to highlight some success stories coming out of Washington that positively affect folks right here in Southwest Michigan.

    H.R. 225, the National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2013 is the first bill I want to talk with you about.

    This bill is something especially near and dear to my heart. Mattawan is home to Eric and Sarah Kennedy and their two beautiful little girls, Brooke and Brielle, who suffer from a rare disorder known as type II Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I’ve become close with these two courageous young angels over the past few years – and they served as my inspiration to ensure we got the national pediatric research network across the finish line.

    If you would like to learn more about Brooke and Brielle visit their blog.

    If you would like to learn more about Brooke and Brielle visit their blog.

    Why does this bill matter? It was designed to help families in Southwest Michigan and the country just like the Kennedys by providing more federal resources for research of rare pediatric and genetic diseases. The sad reality is that it is often difficult to conduct research into rare afflictions due to the small number of young patients that are battling the disease, but the creation of a national pediatric research network will help change that. This bill will boost research and bring hope for cures or advancements in treatment as millions of families and communities grapple with rare diseases.

    The National Pediatric Research Network Act was signed into law last November as part of a broader public health package – Public Law 113-55.

    I’m proud to serve you in Washington and my mission has remained the same from Day 1: Getting the job done for folks right here in Southwest Michigan.

    God bless,


  • National Security & Veterans Affairs

    In the current climate of terrorism and threats from rogue nations, no mistakes can be made and Fred believes America’s top foreign policy goal must be to defend our citizens and our homeland from these threats.

    Fred will continue to place a high priority on our national security and securing our homeland from these terrorist threats. Recently, thanks in part to Fred’s leadership, it was announced that the Michigan Air National Guard’s 110th Attack Wing, stationed right here in Southwest Michigan, will be the host of a new Cyber Operations Squadron, which will help in our battle against cyber-terrorists by providing more Michigan manpower and resources in the fight.

    Fred knows that our military veterans are the best of the best and they deserve a health system that is worthy of their incredible sacrifice and service to our country. Fred voted for bipartisan legislation that gives veterans exactly what they deserve: Quality, timely care. Fred also supports solutions for veterans that expands access outside the VA, and also begins the long-needed process of reforming our veteran care system.

    Additionally, Fred is a champion of common sense encryption and cyber-security measures that keep our private information, and our country, safe and secure.

    Our military veterans keep us safe and put their lives in danger so that we can enjoy our freedoms. What they do every day on behalf of our country is hard. Fred knows making sure they have access to quality care when they come home should be easy.

    As a result of Fred’s bipartisan leadership, more resources have been directed to our troops and veterans, and national security threats are being confronted.

  • Agriculture

    Agriculture remains a driving force in Michigan’s economic recovery and Fred remains committed to our local farmers.

    Ensuring that our farmer friends can continue growing safe, abundant, and inexpensive food is one of Fred’s top priorities. From scaling back overzealous federal red tape so that farmers have lower operating costs, working to modernizing the review process to support livestock health, and supporting fair trade agreements that promote Michigan exports – Fred understands our state’s unique agriculture needs and fights hard in Washington for our farmers and their families.

    Fred is also one of the few Republicans that supports common-sense immigration reforms such as a verified guest worker visa to provide a reliable and legal workforce for our farmers.

    In our 21st Century, global economy, Fred will continue to stand up for Southwest Michigan farmers and our shared interests.

    As a result of his bipartisan leadership, Fred proudly received the Michigan Farm Bureau AgriPac “Friends of Agriculture” Endorsement and the 2014 “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award.

  • Energy

    Fred is focused on common-sense solutions for our nation’s energy future through a sensible “All-of-the-Above” energy approach that focuses on emerging energy technologies like wind, solar, nuclear, and hydropower mixed with traditional energy solutions. By focusing on the energy we can develop here at home, we can keep costs low for Michigan families and businesses, create jobs, and reduce our reliance on volatile, overseas energy-producers. Building the energy infrastructure that supports an “All-of-the-Above” energy strategy will also create jobs, boost our economy, and ensure that our energy moves safely and reliably to keep costs down for Michigan families.

    Fred is responsible for helping get the landmark 2011 pipeline safety bill signed into law by President Obama and played a major role in getting the PIPES Act of 2016 signed into law by President Obama in June of 2016. Of particular note, the PIPES Act of 2016 will impact Enbridge’s Line 5, which runs cross the Straits of Mackinac, and calls for increased inspections to ensure the utmost safety.

    Additionally, Fred is focused on protecting our electricity grid from nefarious attacks or outages. Reliable electricity is often times views as an unseen luxury that folks tend to take for granted – until the worst happens. Fred has consistently fought for common-sense policies that keep our electric grid safe and secure. Fred is also a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus.

    The future of energy is one of private sector innovation and common-sense policies that protect our environment without harming our economy. Fred will continue to be a bipartisan leader in these efforts.

    As a result of Fred’s bipartisan leadership, our energy infrastructure is more secure and our country is better prepared to utilize our energy resources going forward.

  • Healthcare

    Fred remains a common-sense voice when it comes to the heated health care debates. As a member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, his focus is on ensuring everyone here in Michigan and across the country has access to affordable, quality health care and those with pre-existing conditions are protected.

    Fred is also leading the charge to speed up the development and delivery of life-saving cures. His bold initiative the 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law in 2016, is helping patients and families and supports our local employers to ensure they continue to create jobs here at home, and that the United States remains the world leader in medical innovations.

    Additionally, Fred has been a bipartisan leader in working to reform our nation’s mental health system, ensuring the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is fully funded, and making certain our community health centers have the resources they need.

    Health care for the modern era should be responsive, fast, and patient-focused, Fred will continue to champion bipartisan legislation that meets the unique needs of each individual.

    As a result of his bipartisan leadership on 21st Century Cures, Fred was also awarded the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy.  Click HERE to learn more about Fred’s lifesaving work.

  • Fiscal Responsibility & Protecting Michigan Taxpayers

    Having worked at the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan, Fred understands the meaning of fiscal responsibility and knows what it takes to put our nation’s fiscal house back in order. He is working hard to cut federal spending and reduce the size of our bloated government.

    Fred has voted to enact real spending cuts to reduce our deficit and supports common sense 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.  He is also a longtime proponent of the presidential line-item veto, which would allow the President to propose cuts to wasteful spending in legislation passed by Congress – regardless of which political party is in control.

    Additionally, Fred supports keeping the federal government limited, transparent, and accountable to the American people. He has been a leader in holding government accountable to taxpayers and voted for legislation to prevent unelected Washington bureaucrats from unilaterally imposing costly regulations on the American people.

    Folks in Michigan deserve a government that is responsive to their needs and Fred is fighting for just that.

    As a result of Fred’s bipartisan leadership, Michigan taxpayers and small businesses were protected from massive tax increases.

  • Jobs & Economy

    Fred’s top priorities remain local job creation and improving our economy right here in Michigan.  Local businesses are working hard to lead the way for our state’s recovery, but many of the policies coming out of Washington are making matters more difficult.  Fred championed the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act that reformed our broken and outdated tax code. The positive effects are being felt already, with more jobs, higher paychecks, and a stronger economy.

    Additionally, Fred’s bipartisan legislation to strengthen the pharmaceutical supply chain was signed into law by President Obama in 2013, which streamlines regulations, protects patients, and preserves local jobs. Fred has also worked to improve local education and job training, advanced bipartisan legislation to improve Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure, and supported our local manufacturing jobs.

    Improving the job and economic outlook for those right here in Southwest Michigan will continue to be a bipartisan effort of which Fred is a leader. Fred believes that by working together, we can make Southwest Michigan a hub for innovation and growth for the 21st Century.

    As a result of his bipartisan leadership, Fred was proudly endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

  • Upton: Mission Hasn’t Changed Since First Term

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, said his focus since he was first elected in 1986 has been on creating jobs and on working with all parties to get things done.

    He said since January 2013, he has helped get 62 bills passed through the House of Representatives, with all but four or five having bipartisan support. By the end of next week, he said 16 of those bills will have been signed into law by President Barack Obama.


    Read the full article from the Herald Palladium HERE.

  • Upton Statement on Decisive Win in Republican Primary

    Fred speaks to friends and supporters after his decisive win in the Republican primary election.

    Fred speaks to friends and supporters after his decisive win in the Republican primary election.

    ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement following his decisive victory in the Republican primary election for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District.

    “I am honored again to be the Republican nominee for the Sixth Congressional District. I am not going to let you down. We’re going to continue to work on a bipartisan basis on issues we all care about; Jobs and the economy, faster cures, roads and infrastructure, and better opportunities for all. I will continue to rise above the dysfunction in Washington in order to get things done for Southwest Michigan.

    “I am incredibly proud of our team and could not have done this without a dedicated group of friends, family, and volunteers who showed their passion and enthusiasm every single day across the sixth district.

    “I am excited with the real prospects of picking up perhaps a dozen seats in the House and gaining control of the Senate. Our challenge then is to govern and turn this country around – as we should. I am ready for that challenge.”