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 to agriculture. Since 2011, Fred has served 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 (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.

That has been Fred’s approach as chairman – every good idea is welcome, and the committee has plenty of bipartisan success to show for it. In the 112th Congress, 88 Energy and Commerce bills passed the House, and 40 of them were signed into law. That success continued into the 113th Congress, with 91 E&C bills passed by the House and 51 signed into law.

For the committee, Fred is focused on three primary goals of promoting job creation and economic growth; transforming Washington to create a smaller, modernized government for the innovation era; and protecting families, communities, and civic initiatives.


Fred visits Premier Tool and Die
in Dowagiac, MI

The committee has built a significant record of results on public health issues. Among those achievements is legislation to: advance research for children with rare and genetic diseases; strengthen the prescription drug supply chain in order to protect families against counterfeit drugs; and streamline the federal approval process for new and generic drugs.

Fred visits Plainwell Paper
in Plainwell, MI


In 2014, Fred unveiled the bipartisan 21st Century Cures initiative, a multi-year effort that aims to accelerate the pace of cures and medical breakthroughs in the United States. The committee is taking a comprehensive look at the full arc of accelerating cures to help provide patients with better access to treatments and trials, and to ensure the United States maintains its leadership role in health research and care.

Fred is also a national leader in the fight for an “all of the above” energy strategy that utilizes all of our abundant energy resources. In an effort to realign old energy policies with America’s new energy realities, he has launched a new initiative to build the Architecture of Abundance. This visionary plan aims to unleash the benefits of America’s emergence as an energy superpower, ensuring a steady supply of affordable energy, spurring job creation and manufacturing, and fortifying our energy security.

Another priority in Fred’s chairmanship is fighting to bring a halt to costly federal rules and regulations that needlessly stifle growth, destroy jobs, and raise energy costs for American families and businesses. He is also working to update our nation’s communications laws to ensure that innovation continues to thrive, and that government does not hinder robust job growth and the advancement of the breakthrough technologies of tomorrow.

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.