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Rep. Fred Upton

Former Representative for Michigan’s 6th District

pronounced fred // UP-tun

Upton was the representative for Michigan’s 6th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1993 to 2022.

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, 1993-2022]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for Upton.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Upton is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2022 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 sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 27, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

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 sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Energy (25%) Transportation and Public Works (18%) Health (18%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Environmental Protection (7%) Commerce (7%) Private Legislation (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Upton recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Upton voted Yea

Upton voted Yea

Passed 223/205 on Jul 15, 2022.

Upton voted Yea

Upton voted Yea

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 Aye

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

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Dec 2022, Upton missed 91 of 21,897 roll call votes, which is 0.4%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2022. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: