Fred Upton

Fred Upton

MICHIGAN's 6th DISTRICT

Upton Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner

2017/04/28

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that Cameron “Cami” Hoogstraten, a sophomore at Otsego High School, is the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District. Her piece, a digital drawing of a Native American dancer, will hang in the hallway of the U.S. Capitol for one year.

“This a great selection for Southwest Michigan,” said Upton. “It’s yet another extraordinary piece of art to represent our community in the U.S. Capitol. Congratulations to Cami and everyone who took part in Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 2017 High School Area Show, which has hosted the Congressional Art Competition for four years.”

The work, titled “Native American Dancer,” is a digital illustration with typography. The words, including those such as “love,” “home,” and “freedom,” are woven into the dancer’s outfight. It was chosen from more than 50 submissions.

Cami, who has been interested in art since “practically my whole life,” and has taken classes at the KIA for pottery and painting, although she typically draws in colored pencils.

“This piece was new for me,” Cami said, because she was using Photoshop during a Computer Imaging class, combining a photo she had taken last summer of a male fancy dancer at the Pokagon Pow Wow with the typography. “I’m a Native American myself, from the Citizen Band of the Potawatomi Nation, and I thought it would be a great picture to create typography out of. It took a long time and a lot of work, but it came out great."

Winning the Congressional Art Competition for the Sixth Congressional District is an honor “and I am so excited to be part of something,” she said.

As the winner, Cami and a guest will be invited to participate in a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., for all of the Congressional Art Competition winners. Cami is 16 and the daughter of Lurinda and Steven Hoogstraten. Her art teacher is Matthew Grile.

The High School Area Show, which opened Thursday, will run through June 4 although Cami’s piece will make an early exit in order to get to the U.S. Capitol. In addition, Cami was also awarded a Portfolio Camp Tuition Scholarship for Kendall College of Art & Design and received a Juror’s Honorable Mention Award.

More than $600,000 worth of prizes and scholarships were awarded during the 36th annual High School Area Show included the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University. This year’s juror was Julie W. Tourtillotte, professor of art at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind. Each exhibiting artist was awarded a family members to the KIA through the end of summer.

Winners and participants are:

Juror's Award, $100 cash awards to:

Eli Hart, Portage Northern High School

Erica Heathcote, Saint Joseph High School

Ashton Ingles, Wayland Union High School

Erin Kirkpatrick, Kalamazoo Central High School

Willa Kuttner, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Alexandra Ziebarth, Water Street Glassworks

Juror's Honorable Mention awards to:

Taylor Bell, Schoolcraft High School

Sarah Brabon, Vicksburg High School

Bella Chadwick, Portage Northern High School

Evangeline Contreras, Van Buren Technology Center

Jaymie Daniel Gapayao, Vicksburg High School

Anthony Fund, Three Rivers High School

Samuel Gonzales, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Amelia Hansen, Portage Northern High School

Cameron Hansen, Kirk Newman Art School

Cameron Hoogstraten, Otsego High School

Madeline Jump, Portage Central High School

Nchuyekeh Mba, Portgae Northern High School

Malaynah Leach, Vicksburg High School

Madison McAllister, Portage Central High School

Lili Mead, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Hanna Norland, Saint Joseph High School

Haley Rich, Saint Joseph High School

Emily Roth, Saint Joseph High School

Courtney Shinaberry, Saint Joseph High School

Samantha Veltrie, Three Rivers High School

Chelsea Whelham, Portage Central High School

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS

Representatives from each school selected their respective scholarship winners

Cleveland Institute of Art awarded pre-college summer program scholarships to:

Makala Carr, Centreville High School

Emma Neuser, Saint Joseph High School

Alexandra Ziebarth, Water Street Glassworks

Cleveland Institute of Art awarded four-year scholarships to:

Amelia Hansen, Portage Northern High School

Malaynah Leach, Vicksburg High School

Sarah Wheaton, Paw Paw High School

Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University awarded Portfolio Camp scholarships to:

Makala Carr, Centreville High School

Cameron Hoogstraten, Otsego High School

Emma Neuser, Saint Joseph High School

Kendra Eaton, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Lili Mead, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Malaynah Leach, Vicksburg High School

Amelia Hansen, Portage Northern High School

Haley Rich, Saint Joseph High School

 

Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University awarded Seniors for $cholarship awards to:

Evangeline Contreras, Van Buren Tech Center

Jaymie Daniel Gapayao, Vicksburg High School

Ashton Ingles, Wayland Union High School

Eli Hart, Portage Northern High School

Maggie Palmiter, Watervliet High School

Gwen Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University awarded four-year scholarships to:

Kendra Eaton, Loy Norrix HS

Chelsea Whelham, Portage Central HS

Emma Neuser, St. Joseph HS

Amelia Hansen, Portage Northern HS

Alexandria Seybold, Portage Northern HS

Madison McAllister, Portage Central HS

Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan awarded a BFA Preview pre-college scholarship to:

Kendra Eaton, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design awarded Full Ride Scholarship Award to:

Erica Heathcote, Saint Joseph High School

 

Presidential Scholarship Award to Hanna Norland, Saint Joseph High School BFA Admissions Scholarship Awards to:

Emily Roth, Saint Joseph High School

Haley Rich, Saint Joseph High School

Amelia Hansen, Portage Northern High School

Sarah Wheaton, Paw Paw High School

 

Kirk Newman Art School at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts awarded scholarships for a summer class to:

Erin Kirkpatrick, Kalamazoo Central High School

Chelsea Whelham, Portage Central High School

Samantha Veltrie, Three Rivers High School

Sierra Stevens, Vicksburg High School

Ashton Ingles, Wayland Union High School

The KIA also wishes to thank the school districts and art teachers that nurtured the student artists:

Julie Beam, St. Joseph High School

Sarah Bentley, Paw Paw High School

Rebecca Carter, Kalamazoo Central High School

Matt Culver, St. Joseph High School

Holly Davis, Stevensville Lakeshore High School

Matthew Douglas, Kalamazoo Central High School

Ashley Eby, Three Rivers High School

Trevor Grabill, KIA Kirk Newman Art School

Matthew Grile, Otsego High School

Scott Gundersen, Wayland Union High School

Jaime Hilaski, Schoolcraft High School

Elizabeth Honeysett, Portage Central High School

Marcella Hunt, Watervliet High School

Joseph King, Portage Central High School

Anthony Lindeman, Vicksburg High School

Sarah Nott, Portage Northern High School

Sarah Parr, KIA Kirk Newman Art School

Krista Ragotzy, Vicksburg High School

Ashley Rolfe, Centreville High School

Lisa Rostar, South Haven public school

Veronica Schaner, Hackett Catholic Prep

Gregg Stevens, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Harry Sykora, Kalamazoo Central High School

Michael VanderWaal, Water Street Glassworks

Cindy Van Lieu, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High School

Ben Weathers, Mattawan High School

Kimberly Wood, Van Buren Technology Center

Jule Zaroff, Berrien Springs Home School Partnership

 

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Upton Votes to Keep Government Open

2017/04/28

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted 382 to 30 in favor of a Continuing Resolution that maintains appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017 and keeps the government open.

“Today’s vote ensures essential federal services remain open and operational and that our armed services continue to receive the support they deserve. This short-term Continuing Resolution also allows us more time to come to consensus on future appropriation bills. It is my sincere hope that we can find bipartisan common ground as we move forward in this process and continue funding important domestic programs such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the National Institutes of Health. There is more work to do and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting the job done.”

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Upton, Kildee Lead Bipartisan Letter to EPA Opposing Closure of Great Lakes Regional Office

2017/04/28

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-05) led a bipartisan letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt urging the federal agency to not close a regional office serving the Great Lakes region. The letter, signed by Democrats and Republicans in Michigan’s congressional delegation, highlights how the EPA’s Region 5 office currently helps protect the Great Lakes from real threats, including combatting invasive species like Asian carp, as well as helping the people of Flint recover from the ongoing water crisis.

The bipartisan congressional letter, in addition to Kildee and Upton, was signed by U.S. Rep. John Conyers (MI-13), U.S. Rep. Sander Levin (MI-09), U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop (MI-08), U.S. Rep. Dave Trott (MI-11), U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12).

“Each year, the Great Lakes generate billions in annual economic activity and support 1.5 million good-paying jobs in the tourism, boating and fishing industries. The Great Lakes also provide drinking water to 48 million people. It is in our national interest to protect the Great Lakes from harm,” the lawmakers’ letter reads.

“Our area of the country has unique natural resources, and having a regional office dedicated to protecting them from harm is essential. We strongly support the EPA continuing to operate a regional office located in the Great Lakes region,” the letter continued.

The full text of the letter can be found below:

Mr. Scott Pruitt
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20460


Administrator Pruitt:

We write to you in opposition to the closure of the Region 5 office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency based in the Great Lakes region. If recent press reports are true, the closure of the regional office – which serves Michigan and other states in the Great Lakes region – is very concerning.

The Great Lakes drive our region’s economy. Each year, the Great Lakes generate billions in annual economic activity and support 1.5 million good-paying jobs in the tourism, boating and fishing industries. The Great Lakes also provide drinking water to 48 million people. It is in our national interest to protect the Great Lakes from harm.

Unfortunately, the Great Lakes also face real threats. From combatting invasive species like Asian carp, to restoring wetland habitat, we must work every day to protect the Great Lakes. Having a regional EPA office situated on the Great Lakes and dedicated to our region ensures a concerted effort to protect our environment and promote public health. This regional office helps to administer the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), which is showing real and measurable results. But more work remains to protect the Great Lakes, and closing the regional office jeopardizes the progress we have made.

EPA’s Region 5 office also helps to ensure that the residents of Flint, Mich., and other communities have clean drinking water. Currently, the regional office is providing ongoing water testing and technical assistance to Flint as it continues to recover from the city’s lead in water crisis. In other areas, they are finding ways to prevent toxins from entering our drinking water through events like harmful algal blooms. The Great Lakes region is best served by an office that has experience and expertise with these regional issues.

Our area of the country has unique natural resources, and having a regional office dedicated to protecting them from harm is essential. We strongly support the EPA continuing to operate a regional office located in the Great Lakes region.

 

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ICYMI: Holland Sentinel: Michigan receives $16M in federal funding to battle opioid addiction

2017/04/25

ICYMI: Michigan receives $16M in federal funding to battle opioid addiction
By Jordan Climie
Holland Sentinel

Michigan has received more than $16 million in federal funds to help reduce opioid use and abuse across the state, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced today.

“The addiction epidemic continues to impact families in every community across our state and across this country,” Calley said. “Michigan is making strides in the fight against addiction and this grant will help us bring those efforts to the next level, helping more families find the support they need to prevent and treat addiction.”

The funding was awarded to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

The grants were also helped through U.S. Rep. Fred Upton’s, R-St. Joseph, 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2016.

“It seems like everyone I meet is in some way impacted by this tragic opioid epidemic,” Upton said. “These grants will directly help those in need here in Southwest Michigan and across the country. I applaud the administration for getting these grants out in an expedited manner. As part of our bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act we fought hard to include this funding to aid in this public health crisis. Now, we’re delivering. To those in the midst of this fight: Help is on the way.”

The STR grant will be used to promote prevention and increase access to treatment by funding State of Michigan initiatives, including:

  • The Michigan Automated Prescription System
  • Development of a statewide awareness campaign
  • Michigan-OPEN research through the University of Michigan
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Prevention services and strategies
  • Improving the availability of Naloxone
  • Increasing peer supports, tribal supports, and support of law enforcement
  • Providing a new model for re-entry services
  • Collaboration with university partners on re-entry, evaluation, and research opportunities

“This is an excellent opportunity to address the rise of opioid use disorders in our state,” said Dr. Debra Pinals, MDHHS chief psychiatrist. “Through this grant, we will strengthen our networks for prevention and treatment to reduce opioid-related deaths and make treatment more available for those who need it.”

From 1999 to 2014, Michigan saw a four-fold increase in unintentional fatal drug poisonings, and the state was ranked 10th in the nation in per capita prescribing rates of opioid pain relievers in 2012.

Calley led the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force in 2015, which issued recommendations to address the addiction epidemic. In 2016, Gov. Rick Snyder created the Michigan Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission to implement the task force’s recommendations to combat the opioid epidemic and ensure the health and safety of Michigan residents. Last month, Snyder and Calley joined with a bicameral and bipartisan group of legislators to announce next legislative steps in a primary prevention strategy to better monitor controlled substances and prevent addiction from occurring in the first place. This included legislation from state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, aimed at ending prescription drug abuse through physician diversion.

For more information about substance abuse and mental health in Michigan, including local resources for addiction treatment, visit michigan.gov/bhrecovery.

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“Don’t mess with the Great Lakes:” GOP Rep. Upton opposes rumored EPA Region 5 closure

2017/04/20

Listen via Michigan Radio HERE.

Michigan's lawmakers are reacting to an unconfirmed report that the EPA is thinking of shutting down its Region 5 office in Chicago. Under the plan, the Chicago office would merge with the Region 7 office in Kansas.

Republican Congressman Fred Upton  represents Michigan’s 6th District, located in the southwest corner of the state along the shore of Lake Michigan. He spoke with Stateside about the potential proposal, which he said was “not a wise move.”

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Upton: “Help is on the Way” in Opioid Epidemic Fight

2017/04/20

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement of the first round of grants to help states and territories combat the opioid epidemic. These grants were made available as part of Upton’s bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act. The $485 million in grants will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and will be used towards the prevention and treatment of opioid abuse.

“It seems like everyone I meet is in some way impacted by this tragic opioid epidemic,” said Upton. “These grants will directly help those in need here in Southwest Michigan and across the country. I applaud the administration for getting these grants out in an expedited manner. As part of our bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act we fought hard to include this funding to aid in this public health crisis. Now, we’re delivering. To those in the midst of this fight: Help is on the way.”

According to HHS, the State of Michigan was awarded $16,372,680 in this first round of grants. 

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Upton Statement on Potential Closing of EPA Region 5 Office

2017/04/17

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement on a report that the federal government is considering closing the Chicago-based Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 office:

“If true, this report is shocking and I would strongly oppose the closing of the Region 5 office. We must not turn our backs on the safety, health, and future of the Great Lakes. Whatever the deficiencies of the Region 5 office, the folks there do play a critical role in protecting human health and the environment. In fact, it was my bipartisan legislation that would help make important reforms. I will continue to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle in opposition to any cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the closing of this office. We must work together to protect the natural resources we all know and love.”

Background: The EPA Region 5 office has spearheaded issues such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Flint drinking water response, and Superfund sites in Region 5. The office serves Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Upton has previously expressed full support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is critical to the health of the Great Lakes.  

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ICYMI: Upton & DeGette: Drastic Cuts to NIH Would Hamper Progress in Finding Cures

2017/04/13

ICYMI: Drastic Cuts to NIH Would Hamper Progress in Finding Cures

By Rep. Fred Upton and Rep. Diana DeGette

Morning Consult

The National Institutes of Health is in the business of curing diseases. For more than a century, NIH scientists have improved American lives by making important discoveries that benefit public health.

That is why we remain extremely wary of any budget proposals that impose dramatic cuts to NIH. The administration recently requested budget cuts to NIH in fiscal year 2017 and FY 2018. The proposed cuts would slash NIH research and Institutional Development Award grants by more than $1.2 billion for the remainder of this year. And for next year, the proposed cuts would amount to $5.8 billion – roughly 20 percent of NIH’s budget.  

These cuts might make sense on a spreadsheet, but they don’t accurately reflect the critical and often unprecedented work this agency actually does.  

Medical research is about finding treatments and cures, but the funding behind this research also creates high-wage American jobs. In the short term, cutting funding for this type of basic research sends a signal to young American researchers — the best and brightest we have to offer — that finding cures is not a priority. It also indicates to American companies that they should take their high-tech businesses overseas where funding is more robust.   

There are longer-term negative effects as well. Take, for example, Alzheimer’s disease. Today, one out of five Medicare dollars is spent on care related to this irreversible, progressive brain disorder. Finding a cure for this tragic disease sooner rather than later won’t just save countless lives and prevent unspeakable heartbreak, it will also save American taxpayers dollars.

Last year, President Barack Obama signed into law our bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act. This landmark legislation safely makes the approval process more efficient for life-saving drugs and devices, helping countless patients in need. We also infused the NIH with $4.8 billion in fully offset funding. These dollars will directly help advance research into the genetic, lifestyle, and environmental variations of disease, bolster research to find a cure for cancer, and invest in initiatives to help improve our understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer’s. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts throw many of these initiatives into turmoil.

Health care should be first and foremost about providing the highest quality of care for patients. This requires an environment that fosters greater innovation and more medical breakthroughs.

For these sorts of innovations to bear fruit, the NIH must be properly funded and receive the support it both needs and deserves. The search for cures must be a non-partisan, all-hands-on-deck effort. Tragic diseases don’t just affect Republicans, nor do they just affect Democrats. They touch all of our lives.

We sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget urging the administration to rethink these proposed cuts. Congress voted last year to reinvest in NIH research because we recognize its remarkable return on investment for the American people. NIH research saves lives, creates jobs, controls long-term entitlement costs, protects our national security, and advances our global leadership, all while bringing renewed hope to patients and families across the country.

We will continue to advocate for NIH funding with our colleagues here in Congress and would respectfully urge the Trump administration to rethink what gets left on the cutting room floor.  

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VIDEO: “Mr. Upton delivered for me. So I’m very thankful"

2017/04/12

VIDEO: Michiana Gulf War Veteran honored more than a quarter-century later

By Vahid Sadrzadeh

ABC57

It was a day close to a quarter-century in the making.

A special ceremony was held Tuesday recognizing, retired St. Joe Gulf War Veteran, Lewis Bolman.

In 1991, many of us turned on the television to watch missiles in the Middle East light up the night sky.

This marked the beginning of Operation Desert Storm.

Then 22-year-old Chemicals Specialist, Corporal Lewis Bolman, wasn’t thinking about this day.

 ”It’s a little humbling to see all of this in front of me. I have to say thank you for that,” said Bolman.

26 years after serving in Operation Desert Storm, now retired Corporal Bolman, was honored with 11 medals and decorations at a special ceremony in his hometown.

After a brief attempt to retrieve the awards with the Division of National Records, Bolman recently went to his District Representative, Congressman Fred Upton.

Representative Upton has helped other Michiana Veterans, like Bolman, in the past.

“It’s his moment. You could see how proud he was. And he remembers it like yesterday. You look at some of the pictures he brought back and yeah, he looks a bit different, but he’s proud of those. Today he’s finally getting the medals that were due to him,” said Representative Upton.

The retired Army Veteran said while in the Middle East, it was all about doing his job and doing it well.

“It’s something that came with it. We just went after it. Whole heartedly to get the job done properly and to keep everyone alive well. This is just an afterthought. And a heck of an afterthought,” said Bolman.

A total of 11 medals more than 25 years later.

Numbers never lie and the numbers may not add up but for this hometown war hero, the memories will never fade because his service will always live on.

“Mr. Upton delivered for me. So I’m very thankful,” said Bolman.

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Upton Statement on Chemical Spill on the Shores of Lake Michigan

2017/04/12

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement on the news that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responding to a chemical spill at the U.S. Steel facility in Portage, Indiana.

“This must be an all-hands-on-deck effort. If there is one thing that unites us it’s the need to protect our Great Lakes. Any chemical spill so close to Lake Michigan is cause for great concern. As we’ve seen with BP and Flint before, we must ensure clean water for everyone. We have been in contact with the EPA and they’ve assured me they are working hard to contain this spill.” 

You can find more information on this spill from the EPA on their dedicated website HERE.

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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3761
Fax 202-225-4986
upton.house.gov

Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06) is proud to represent the commonsense values of southwest Michigan. In 2010, Fred was selected by his House colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over matters concerning energy, healthcare, the environment, telecommunications, commerce, manufacturing, and trade, as well as oversight and investigations.

Prior to his election to Congress, Fred worked for President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). While at OMB, he learned from President Reagan’s example that it does not matter who gets the credit, as long as the job gets done.

Fred has a well-earned reputation for getting things done in Washington and at home in southwest Michigan. The South Bend Tribune writes that Fred “attacks government spending and wants tax cuts retained and the budget balanced.” Fred’s hometown paper, The Herald Palladium, praises Fred as someone who has “consistently fought against out-of-control spending and bigger government” and has “always treated constituent services as a vital part of his job.”

Fred’s top priorities are job creation and economic growth in southwest Michigan.

Fred strongly supports an “all of the above” energy strategy that puts a greater emphasis on domestic energy production, the advancement of breakthrough technologies, and the development of safe nuclear power. Fred has also been a leading opponent of overreaching federal regulations that stifle economic growth, harm jobs, and raise energy costs for Michigan families and businesses.

Fred values our constitutional system of government checks and balances. Fred is focused on ensuring the federal government remains limited, transparent, and accountable, as our Founding Fathers intended. As Energy and Commerce Chairman, Fred has led the over-year-long investigation of Solyndra, the now-bankrupt solar company that was the recipient of a half-billion dollar Department of Energy loan guarantee.

Fred has also worked to increase the deployment of telecommunications services as well as ensure that free speech and private innovation remain the hallmarks of this industry by opposing needless regulation. Fred helped oversee the successful transition from analog to digital broadcasting – one of the top priorities of the 9-11 Commission. Fred has also worked to guarantee that our children are protected from online predators and indecent material.
Fred has pushed for a greater emphasis on biomedical research to improve the public health. As Energy and Commerce Chairman, one of Fred’s top priorities is to repeal the President’s controversial healthcare law and replace it with commonsense, market-based reforms that benefit patients, doctors, and employers.

Fred was born on April 23, 1953 and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. He and his wife Amey have two children.


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