Fred (Fred) S. Upton (R-USH06)
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Capitol: 202.225.3761
FAX: 202.225.4986
District: 269.982.1986
District FAX: 269.982.0237
Room 2183 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-2206

Residence: St. Joseph, MI
Elected: 1986    Next Election: 2018
Spouse: Amey Richmond Rulon-Miller   DOB: 4/23/1953
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Energy
Co-ChairRepublican Main Street Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Childhood Obesity
Co-ChairRonald Reagan Caucus
FC MemberIraqi Women's Caucus
Co-ChairSOS Group
MemberHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection
FC MemberCongressional Study Group on Germany
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health
FC MemberCongressional Furnishings Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Organic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nepal Caucus
FC MemberCenter Aisle Caucus [CAC]
FC MemberPublic Broadcasting Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Croatian Caucus
FC MemberNuclear Issues Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Tennis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wireless Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Spina Bifida Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Waterways Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Civility and Respect Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberIntelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Caucus
FC MemberFriends of New Zealand Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Netherlands
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberGreat Lakes Task Force (Joint)
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
FC MemberHouse Trails Caucus
FC MemberSuburban Agenda Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Philanthropy Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Switzerland
FC MemberCongressional Brain Injury Task Force
FC MemberNorthern Border Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Manufactured Housing Caucus
FC MemberHouse Special Operations Forces (SOF) Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Scotland Caucus
FC MemberTuesday Group
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pakistan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recreational Vehicle (RV) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberThe Law Enforcement Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberVictory in Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus
FC MemberZero Capital Gains Tax Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberAnti-Value Added Tax Caucus (Anti-VAT Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberCongressional United Kingdom (UK) Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberClimate Solutions Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Natural Gas Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Prayer Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
Counties Representing
Allegan / Berrien / Cass / Kalamazoo / St. Joseph / Van Buren


Congressman Fred Upton is proud to represent the common-sense values of Southwest Michigan's Sixth Congressional District. A diverse section of the state that stretches from the shores of Lake Michigan, the Sixth District is home to key industries that range from agriculture to auto parts manufacturing to high-tech biomedical innovation centers. It includes all of Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties, and most of Allegan County.

Prior to his election to Congress, Fred worked for President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). While at OMB, he learned from President Reagan's example that it does not matter who gets the credit, as long as the job gets done. That has been Fred's approach since he was first elected to Congress in 1986 and continues today.

From 2010 to 2016, Fred was selected by his House colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. This pivotal committee has jurisdiction over matters concerning energy, healthcare, the environment, telecommunications, commerce, manufacturing, and trade, as well as oversight and investigations. Hard work and bipartisan success was a staple during Fred's tenure as chairman of the committee. In fact, under Fred's leadership, the Committee passed 354 legislative measures through the House of Representatives and saw 202 of those measures signed into law by the president. Fred currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy. This pivotal panel has jurisdiction over national energy policy. Fred's top priorities remain job creation, economic growth, and working to help all residents of Southwest Michigan live longer, better lives.

Fred has long pushed for a greater emphasis on biomedical research to improve the public health. In 2014, along with Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, Fred launched the 21st Century Cures initiative. This multi-year effort aims to bring researchers, industry, and patients together to speed up the discovery, development, and delivery of life-saving cures. The pursuit of these 21st century cures also supports Southwest Michigan employers and jobs by ensuring the United States remains the world leader in medical innovation. Marking the culmination of a three-year journey, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law on December 13, 2016.

Fred's leadership on Great Lakes issues has earned him a local and national reputation. As an active member of the Great Lakes caucus, Fred has an extensive record working to protect the Great Lakes watershed and preserving the beauty and health of our lakes for generations to come. A leader on keeping BP from dumping pollutants into Lake Michigan, Fred has also been a bipartisan leader in preventing Asian Carp and other invasive species from entering our waterways, and working on bipartisan legislation to keep harmful pollutants like synthetic plastic microbeads from getting into Lake Michigan. Fred will continue to protect our treasured Great Lakes so that generations to come can enjoy their beauty.

Fred has worked tirelessly to ensure Southwest Michigan remains a hub of commerce and innovation. From the Harbor Shores project in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor and working to ensure the St. Joseph Harbor remains dredged and operational, to the widening of I-94 and working with local leaders on the Kalamazoo River Superfund cleanup, Fred understands that when Southwest Michigan is connected and its residents empowered, it thrives.

Fred works hard to ensure that Michigan service members and veterans receive the benefits they have earned through years of service. From improving health care for our veterans, to improving the disability benefit system or getting veterans back to work, and providing overdue service medals, Fred has a strong record of supporting our brave veterans and their families. In addition, Fred has been working closely with the U.S. Department of Defense to get the Missile Defense Agency Project approved for the Fort Custer Training Center.

Fred has led the effort to ensure seniors keep access to their physicians and low-income children keeping their insurance coverage. In April of 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which permanently fixes the broken Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate, strengthens Medicare in the long-term, extends federal funding for community health centers, and extends the Children's Health Insurance Program (MIChild) which covers nearly 45,000 children in Michigan.

Fred strongly supports an "all of the above" energy strategy that says yes to energy and focuses on emerging clean energy technologies as well as traditional energy solutions that lower costs for families and businesses and helps America become free from reliance on foreign oil. Fred is also fighting to bring a halt to costly federal rules and regulations that needlessly slow private-sector growth. Fred believes in ensuring that the federal government remains limited, transparent, and accountable to Southwest Michiganders.

Fred has also remained committed to helping residents of Southwest Michigan who run into snags dealing directly with the federal government. He maintains two constituent district offices, located in Benton Harbor/St. Joseph (269-982-1986) and Kalamazoo (269-385-0039) as well as Washington D.C. (202-225-3761), where dedicated caseworkers serve as intermediaries to help them navigate the system.

Fred was born on April 23, 1953, and holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Amey, have two adult children.

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