At a Glance
- Career History: Office of Management and Budget (1981-1985); Project coordinator, U.S. Rep. David Stockman (1975-1980)
- Birthday: April 23, 1953
- Hometown: St. Joseph, Mich.
- Alma Mater: University of Michigan, B.A. (journalism), 1975
- Spouse: Amey
- Religion: Protestant
- Committees: Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee (since January 2011)
- DC Office: 2183 Rayburn Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; (202) 225-3761
- State/District Office: 157 South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007; (369) 385-0069
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Path to Power
Upton's grandfather was among the founders of appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corp., which is based in Upton's southwest Michigan district. He is the wealthiest member of his state's congressional delegation, with an estimated net worth of nearly $17 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, he worked on the 1976 congressional campaign of David Stockman. He spent nearly a decade on Stockman's congressional staff, then moved with him to the White House when Stockman became director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan.
Upton is well-known for his moderate stances. During the 110th Congress (2007-2008), he supported President George W. Bush less than half the time and broke from his party more often on floor votes than a majority of House Republicans.
Despite his strong support of McCain's 2008 presidential bid, Upton expressed hope that he could work closely with Obama. He noted that he regularly met with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel when Emanuel served in the House and that he was assured that the two men would continue to talk. "He also said something to the effect of, 'You're the guy we're going to be looking to' " to build coalitions with Republicans, Upton told the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Upton is among the members of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a group of moderate GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate who seek to build "a pragmatic, thoughtful, fiscally conservative, and inclusive 'governing majority.'''
The group's members include McCain as well as Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe and Reps. Michael N. Castle of Delaware, Steven C. LaTourette of Ohio and Upton's fellow Michigan colleagues Vern Ehlers, Thaddeus McCotter, Candice Miller and Dave Camp.