At a Glance
- Career History:
state Representative (1989-1990); Practicing attorney (1981-1992); Trooper, Michigan State police (1973-1984); Patrolman, Escanaba, Mich., police department (1972-1973)
- Birthday: February 29, 1952
- Hometown: Menominee, Michigan
- Alma Mater: Northwestern Michigan Community College, A.A., 1972; Saginaw Valley State University, B.S. (Criminal Justice), 1977; Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D, 1981
- Spouse: Laurie
- Religion: Catholic
- DC Office: 2268 Rayburn House Office Building, (202) 225-4735
- State/District Office: Crystal Falls, (906) 875-3751; Escanaba, (906) 786-4504; Houghton, (906) 482-1371; Marquette, (906) 228-3700; Petoskey, (231) 348-0657; West Branch,(989) 345-2258
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Path to Power
Born in Milwaukee in 1952, Stupak was raised a "Yooper" in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
After graduating from community college in 1972, Stupak began a career in law enforcement, first as a patrol officer for the Escanaba Police Department before becoming a state trooper.
Stupak ranks in the middle when it comes to party loyalty, backing the Democrats 94.7 percent of the time during the 110th Congress.
Stupak has opposed trade pacts such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he has said "would be particularly damaging to workers in our manufacturing sector." Stupak is a sponsor of a Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) bill introduced in March 2010 that seeks to repeal NAFTA.
Stupak is a protege and close friend of Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the House dean. Stupak managed Dingell's bid to keep the committee's chairmanship that was lost to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) following the 2008 election. Dingell met with Stupak the day before the final health-care vote to discuss the standoff between the bill's leaders and anti-abortion rights lawmakers. "John Dingell had a piece of me," Stupak said at a news conference following the vote.
Stupak has worked with Republicans to limit abortion rights, including Reps. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) and Chris Smith (R-N.J.).