Congressman Fred Upton did not grow up with plans of becoming a politician. In fact, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Michigan and dreamed of one day covering the Chicago Cubs. His first job out of college, however, had him working as an aide to former Congressman Dave Stockman. Congressman Stockman served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan. Fred Upton also served during the Reagan administration as the Director of Legislative Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget before his successful congressional bid in 1986.
During his stint in the Reagan administration, some folks back in Southwest Michigan suggested that he run for Congress. He was hesitant at first but was ultimately convinced to throw his hat into the ring. His resulting victory over the incumbent Congressman was the only such victory during the 1986 election cycle. Congressman Upton has been serving his constituents in the 6th Congressional District with pride ever since.
Mr. Upton is committed to finding commonsense solutions to the problems faced by the families and businesses of Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District and he has earned a reputation for working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to achieve meaningful change. His top priorities remain job creation, economic growth and working to help all residents of Southwest Michigan to live longer, better lives.
Congressman Upton maintains two offices to better serve his constituents. One is located in Kalamazoo and the other can be found in his beloved hometown of St. Joseph. The part of his job that he values the most is his ability to connect with and make meaningful improvements to the lives of those he serves. He has served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and is currently the top Republican on the House Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce. He is also the Vice Chair of the Bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus.
While Mr. Upton is proud to serve the people of the great state of Michigan in Congress, his greatest joy comes from his role as a happy husband to Amey and devoted father to his grown children, Meg and Stephen. He met his beautiful wife while playing backgammon and she’s been his biggest cheerleader and greatest support. He credits her with keeping his feet on the ground and acknowledges that, were it not for her sacrifices, he could not be the kind of public servant that he endeavors to be for his constituents.
When he’s not spending his time in Washington DC, voting on bills and working with colleagues to craft legislation, he’s back home attending events and making every effort to connect with those he represents. In his rare moments of down time, he enjoys exploring Michigan’s natural wonders with his family. Special favorites are skiing during the long, snowy winters and enjoying the Great Lakes during our lovely (and too short) summers. On a particularly lovely Michigan day, constituents might even catch a glimpse of their Congressman cruising down the highway, top down, with Bruce Springsteen on the radio.
Erica Shier is a married mother of four who loves reading, scrapbooking & thrift stores. When she’s not driving her small pack of children around, she spends her time volunteering, writing & trying to keep on top of the laundry.