skip to main content

Rep. Fred Upton’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Michigan's 6th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 1993 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Upton’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Upton’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Introduced the 2nd fewest bills compared to Michigan Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Upton introduced 11 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (7th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (35th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th fewest bills compared to Michigan Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 6 of Upton’s 11 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Upton caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (25th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (29th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th least often compared to Michigan Delegation (tied with 1 other)

2 of Upton’s bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 500: Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act …; H.R. 4700: Pipeline Safety Act of 2019

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (24th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 4th fewest bills compared to Michigan Delegation (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Upton’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 370: Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity …; H.R. 2626: PFAS Accountability Act of 2019

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (21st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (25th percentile); House Republicans (42nd percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 234 bills that Upton cosponsored, 72% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Ranked 15th most politically left compared to House Republicans

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Upton’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (7th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).


 

Ranked the 15th top leader compared to House Republicans

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Upton’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (64th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (59th percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Got the 27th most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Upton’s bills and resolutions had 365 cosponsors in the 116th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Was 30th most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 3 others)

Upton missed 0.8% of votes (8 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Upton’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (16th percentile); All Representatives (23rd percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Laws Enacted

Upton introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 500: Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act …

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Republicans (51st percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Upton introduced 2 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 370: Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity …; H.R. 500: Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act …

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (29th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (31st percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (32nd percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Upton held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Upton’s Profile »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Upton cosponsored 234 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Michigan Delegation (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); House Republicans (60th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).


Additional Notes

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.