U.S. Rep. Fred Upton

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Michigan Republican congressman Fred Upton says he will seek re-election to his Sixth Congressional District seat. In announcing his re-election bid Monday, Upton says there is "unfinished" business that has to be completed, including fighting the opioid epidemic and immigration reform. The 66-year-old Upton Upton was being watched closely as a potential House retiree as Republicans struggle to try regaining the chamber majority in the November elections. He entered the House in 1987.

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Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan has ruled out running for U.S. Senate next year.

Upton, of St. Joseph, has held southwestern Michigan's congressional seat for 30 years.

He said Friday there was "a path" to running, but he has chosen "not to follow it."

He instead will seek re-election to the House, saying "we need focus and fortitude in Washington now more than ever."


President Donald Trump calls the House passage of the $1.5 trillion tax package "a big step" toward delivering on the Republican Party's promise of tax cuts by year's end.

Michigan’s U.S. Representatives voted along party lines. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the tax bill Thursday by a 227 to 205 margin. Thirteen Republicans voted against the package. None were from Michigan.

U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga of Zeeland explains the plan does three things.


A lobbyist who formerly worked at Kellogg Co. says he's seeking the Democratic nomination for a congressional seat in southwestern Michigan.

George Franklin wants the job now held by Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton.

He says he wants to "to keep making a difference and improving lives" in the 6th District.

Franklin was vice president of government relations at Kellogg until 2005 when he started his own public affairs shop. His website says Kellogg is a client.

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Two pivotal Republican lawmakers who had opposed GOP health care legislation are now prepared to support it after meeting with President Donald Trump.

Congressmen Fred Upton of Michigan and Billy Long of Missouri made their announcement to reporters at the White House after meeting with Trump Wednesday.

They said they will back the bill with inclusion of a new amendment Upton authored adding more money to protect people with pre-existing conditions.

Upton and Long both had announced their opposition earlier this week over the pre-existing conditions issue.

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President Donald Trump is pressuring the House to vote on the Republican health care bill this week. The chances of that happening dealt a significant blow with a respected Southwest Michigan congressman saying he does not support it.

Moderate U.S. Rep. Fred Upton from Saint Joseph, Michigan is a 16-term House veteran who until this year chaired the chamber's Energy and Commerce Committee.

He said Tuesday he can't back the health care legislation because it undermines insurance protections that current law gives people with pre-existing illnesses.

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Welcome to Decision 2016: The U.S. House of Representatives Candidate Forum. This is an opportunity for voters to hear directly from the candidates. Today we turn our attention to the U.S. House of Representatives race in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District. 

We interview candidates:

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, (R-Saint Joseph)

Paul Clements, (D-Kalamazoo)

Lorence Wenke, (L-Kalamazoo)

This Forum was recorded Thursday, October 20th from the studios of the Meijer Public Broadcast Center at Grand Valley State University.

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Governor Rick Snyder is calling GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments 'disgusting,' and a west Michigan Congressman says Trump should call it quits.

Some Michigan Republicans, such as Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and U.S. Reps. Fred Upton and Cascade Township’s Justin Amash, say Donald Trump's candidacy should end.

Gov. Rick Snyder says the presidential election is a "huge mess" and Republican nominee Donald Trump's "revolting and disgusting" comments about women could pose challenges for Republicans on Michigan's ballot.

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A World War II veteran from western Michigan has received his medals for service, nearly 71 years after he was honorably discharged.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that 89-year-old John Butler of Portage was presented the medals Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton during a gathering with family and friends.

The medals include a Purple Heart.

Butler was 16 when he joined the Navy in 1944.

He was a radar operator on the USS Kidd when the ship was attacked on April 11, 1945.

Upton noted Butler lost his right eye and was hospitalized for several months.

Perrigo shareholders made it clear at Friday’s 8 AM deadline that they had no interest accepting what was considered a hostile tender offer. Perrigo shareholders holding over 60 percent of outstanding shares refused the Mylan offer. Perrigo Chairman and CEO, Joseph C. Papa said the offer undervalued the business and its long-term strategy.

Michigan U.S. Representative Fred Upton applauded the outcome saying, "This is a relief and much-deserved win for the hard working men and women of the Allegan community. Thankfully shareholders sided with the local community.”