Rep. Fred Upton represents Michigan’s 6th Congressional District. In 2010, Upton was selected by his House colleagues to serve as chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over matters concerning energy, health care, the environment, telecommunications, commerce, manufacturing, and trade, as well as oversight and investigations.
Prior to his election to Congress, Upton worked for President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Upton’s top priorities are job creation and economic growth in Southwest Michigan. Upton strongly supports an “all of the above” energy strategy that puts a greater emphasis on domestic energy production, the advancement of breakthrough technologies, and the development of safe nuclear power. Upton has also worked to increase the deployment of telecommunications services as well as ensure that free speech and private innovation remain the hallmarks of this industry. Upton has pushed for a greater emphasis on biomedical research to improve the public health.
Upton holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Amey, have two children.