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Bart Stupak
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 1st district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1993
Preceded by John Conyers[1]

Born February 29, 1952 (1952-02-29) (age 64)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Laurie Ann Stupak
Children Ken Stupak
Bartholomew Thomas Stupak Jr.(deceased)
Residence Menominee, Michigan
Alma mater Northwestern Michigan College, Saginaw Valley State University, Thomas Cooley Law School
Occupation Police Officer, Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Bartholomew Thomas "Bart" Stupak (born February 29, 1952), has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing Template:Ushr.


Stupak was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from Gladstone High School, in Gladstone, Michigan in 1970. He is an Eagle Scout.[2] He earned his Associate's degree from Northwestern Michigan College, a community college in Traverse City in 1972. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University in 1977, graduating magna cum laude, and he earned a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 1981.

Stupak began his career in public service as an Escanaba police officer in 1972. Stupak later served as a Michigan State Police Trooper from 1973 to 1984. He also practiced law as an attorney.

Stupak lives in Menominee, Michigan, with his wife, Laurie, who is a former mayor of Menominee. Their son, Ken, graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2006 and resides in California. The Stupaks also had a son, Bart Jr., who committed suicide in May 2000. The Stupaks believe that Accutane (isotretinoin), an acne medication, contributed to his death.[3]

Political career

Stupak served as a Michigan State Representative from 1989 to 1990, representing Menominee, Delta, and Dickinson counties, after defeating two-term Republican Jim Connors in 1988. In 1990, Stupak decided to run for state senate but lost a hotly contested primary to eventual general election winner Don Koivisto. In 1992, he entered the race for the newly reapportioned 1st district of the U.S. Congress (which formerly was the 11th district, at that time held by Republican Robert William Davis). He entered another heavily contested primary, this time coming out victorious. Stupak defeated former Republican Congressman Philip Ruppe in the general election.

Stupak defeated Republican Don Hooper of Iron River in the 2002, 2004 and 2006 elections. In 2008, Stupak defeated Republican Tom Casperson and Green Jean Treacy for the 1st District House Seat.[4]

Stupak is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, his only committee assignment. He serves on the Telecommunications & the Internet; Commerce, Trade & Consumer Protection; Environment and Hazardous Materials subcommittees; and as the Chairman of the Oversight and Investigation subcomittee. Because of the 1st District's extensive amount of Great Lakes shoreline (over 1,600 miles), Stupak has been very active on issues related to the protection of the Great Lakes, including opposing sale or diversion of Great Lakes water and drilling for oil and gas under the lakes.

Since his election in 1993 he has sponsored 36 bills but none of them became law. He cosponsored 157 bills and only 5 of them became law. He has voted with the members of his party 96% of the time. He abstains for only 5% of the votes. [5]

Political positions

Stupak is one of several strongly pro-life Democrats in the House (others include Tim Holden, Kathy Dahlkemper, James Oberstar, Dan Boren, Gene Taylor, and Jim Marshall); his 2004 congressional campaign was endorsed by the National Right to Life Committee. He is a prominent leader in the Blue Dog Coalition and a member of Democrats for Life.

Stupak officially endorsed John Edwards for President on 21 April 2007 at the Michigan Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Stupak is considered a possible candidate for Governor of Michigan in 2010.

Involvement with The Family

While in Washington, DC, Stupak rents a room at the C Street facility of The Family, a Christian organization which operates the property as a tax-exempt church and a residence for several congressmen and senators.

Jeff Sharlet, an author who wrote a book about the organization affiliated with the C Street facility, said, "When I lived with The Family at Ivanwald, a house for younger men being groomed for leadership, I was told that Stupak was a regular visitor to the Cedars." According to the Washington Independent, the Cedars is also owned by The Family and hosts weekly prayer events.[6]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

  • Founder and Co-chair of the Law Enforcement Caucus
  • Co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus

Stupak—Pitts Amendment

Democrat Bart Stupak and Republican Joe Pitts added an amendment to the health care reform bill so that abortion may not be covered in the public option or in any of the exchange's private plans that take subsidized customers. There is an exception if a woman's life is in danger or in cases of rape or incest. Individuals however are free to purchase separate riders that cover elective abortions. This measure passed the house by a 240-194 margin.[7] Stupak has indicated that he and like minded congressman will block passage of the bill if his amendment's language is not included in the final version.[8]

Electoral history

  • 2008 campaign for Congress


  1. Congressional districts in Michigan underwent major changes following the 1990 census. Prior to 1990, the 1st district had been in the Metro Detroit area. After 1990, the 1st district encompassed the Upper Peninsula and much of Northern Michigan, areas that were formerly part of the 11th district. The previous representative for these areas was Robert Davis.
  2. "Distinguished Eagle Scout Award". Fact Sheet. Boy Scouts of America. December 31, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  3. Safety Issues Surrounding Accutane. 12/11/2002. URL: Accessed on: November 12, 2009.
  4. 2008 Official Michigan General Election Results - 1st District Representative in Congress
  6. Washington Independent
  7. Washington Post article, 11-14-09
  8. "Abortion Foe Defies Party on Health Care Bill". New York Times. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 

External links


United States House of Representatives


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