Meet the Chairman

Congressman Fred Upton represents the commonsense values of southwest Michigan with a district that stretches from the shores of Lake Michigan and includes key industries that range from automobile parts manufacturing to high-tech biomedical innovation centers. In 2010, Fred was selected by his House colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Prior to his election to Congress, Fred worked for President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Management and Budget. 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.

Fred has a well-earned reputation for getting things done in Washington and at home in southwest Michigan. His hometown paper, The Herald Palladium, praises Fred as someone who has “consistently fought against out-of-control spending and bigger government” and has “always treated constituent services as a vital part of his job.”

He most recently served as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment (2007-2010), a critical position as the nation seeks to fortify its energy supply and reduce its dependence on foreign oil.


Fred visits Premier Tool and Die
in Dowagiac, MI

In the 112th Congress, Fred serves as co-chair of the House Energy Action Team, a working group of GOP members focused on communicating positive energy solutions including those encompassed by the American Energy Initiative. He held a similar role in the 111th Congress serving as co-chair of the House Republicans’ American Energy Solutions Group, which focused on lowering energy prices for American families and small businesses through the development of domestic energy sources. Fred strongly supports an “all of the above” approach with a greater emphasis on domestic exploration, the advancement of breakthrough technologies, and the development of nuclear power. Fred has also been a leading opponent of cap-and-trade legislation and needless EPA regulations that stifle growth, destroy jobs, and raise energy costs.

Fred visits Plainwell Paper
in Plainwell, MI


As former Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communication and Technology (2001-2006), Fred has worked to increase the deployment of telecommunications services as well as ensure that free speech and private innovation remain the hallmarks of this industry by opposing needless regulation. Fred helped oversee the successful transition from analog to digital broadcasting – one of the top priorities of the 9-11 Commission. He has also worked to guarantee that our children are protected from online predators and indecent material.

As former Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee (1999-2000), Fred values our constitutional system of government checks and balances.

Fred is focused on ensuring the federal government remains limited, transparent, and accountable, as our Founding Fathers intended. He is fighting for Congress to reassert its oversight authority to hold unelected bureaucrats and government “czars” accountable to the American people. As chairman of the full Energy and Commerce Committee, Fred has restored transparency and openness to the legislative process by moving legislation through “regular order” (by holding hearings, subcommittee votes, and full committee votes) and making legislation publicly available in advance of a vote.  

As a member of the Subcommittee on Health, Fred has pushed for a greater emphasis on biomedical research to improve the public health. As Energy and Commerce Chairman, one of Fred’s top priorities is to repeal the President’s costly, job-crushing health care law in its entirety, an effort he has led this Congress with the vote for full repeal on the House floor and through several individual bills to eliminate unaccountable slush funds within the law.

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 children.