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Rep. Fred Upton

Representative for Michigan’s 6th District

pronounced fred // UP-tun

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 2020.

He was previously the representative for Michigan’s 4th congressional district as a Republican from 1987 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI6]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Upton.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Dec 4, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Fred Upton sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Upton was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Upton sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (24%) Transportation and Public Works (20%) Energy (16%) Private Legislation (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Environmental Protection (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Upton’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Upton voted Aye

Upton voted Yea

Upton voted Aye

Passed 240/187 on Jul 16, 2019.

In a series of tweets on July 14, 2019 directed at four Democratic congresswomen --- unnamed but known to be Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, ...

Upton voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Upton voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Upton voted Aye

Upton voted Nay

Passed 365/43 on Nov 16, 2012.

The Magnitsky Act, formally known as the Russia and Moldova Jackson–Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012, is a bipartisan ...

Upton voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Upton voted Aye

Upton voted Aye

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Dec 2019, Upton missed 89 of 20,596 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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Primary Sources

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