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Fred Upton

Representative, U.S. House of Representatives

Headshot 2012Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06) is proud to represent the commonsense values of Southwest Michigan. 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). 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.

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 values our constitutional system of government checks and balances. He is focused on ensuring the federal government remains limited, transparent, and accountable, as our Founding Fathers intended. As Energy and Commerce Chairman, Upton has led the over-year-long investigation of Solyndra, the now-bankrupt solar company that was the recipient of a half-billion dollar Department of Energy loan guarantee.