Upton is the representative for Michigan’s 6th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 5, 1993. Upton is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
He was previously the representative for Michigan’s 4th congressional district as a Republican from 1987 to 1992.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Upton.
Upton is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Upton has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Sep 17, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Fred Upton sits on the following committees:
Upton was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 500 (116th): Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019
- H.R. 5800 (115th): Medicaid Institutes for Mental Disease Are Decisive in Delivering Inpatient Treatment for Individuals but Opportunities for Needed Access are Limited without Information Needed about Facility Obligations Act
- H.R. 829 (115th): Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable Over Lottery Winners Act of 2017
- H.R. 5944 (114th): To amend title 49, United States Code, with respect to certain grant assurances, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 5414 (114th): FDA Cross-Center Collaboration Act of 2016
- H.R. 5728 (113th): STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014
- H.R. 3204 (113th): Drug Quality and Security Act
Does 13 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Upton sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Energy (25%) Transportation and Public Works (18%) Health (18%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Commerce (7%) Private Legislation (7%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Environmental Protection (7%)
Some of Upton’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3801: SHIELD Act
- H.R. 3262: GUARD Act
- H.R. 3078: Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity Preparedness Act
- H.R. 1717: Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act of 2021
- H.R. 1599: Securing America’s Critical Minerals Supply Act
- H.R. 1600: Methane Emissions Reduction Act
- H.R. 1525: DIGITAL Applications Act
From Jan 1987 to Sep 2021, Upton missed 90 of 21,161 roll call votes, which is 0.4%. This is better than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills