Biography

Fred Upton is proud to represent the commonsense values of southwest Michigan. Fred is one that puts principle ahead of politics, whose focus is doing what is the best interest of the people of Michigan. Prior to his election to Congress, Fred worked for “The Great Communicator,” 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.

Fred knows how to get things done in Washington and back home in southwest Michigan. The Dowagiac Daily News calls him 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.”

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. As Energy and Commerce Chairman, jobs and the economy remain Fred’s top priorities.

Fred is a national leader in the fight to put a halt on the Obama administration’s aggressive regulatory agenda and has been a leading opponent of the President’s controversial healthcare law. Instead, he has championed policies that encourage economic growth and protect American families. Fred is also a leading supporter of an “all of the above” energy strategy that utilizes our nation’s vast domestic resources while harnessing other energy sources like safe nuclear, wind, and solar.

Fred is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He and his wife Amey are the proud parents of two children.