Bart Stupak

  • Spring 2011

Bart Stupak was elected in 1992 to represent Michigan's First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is one of the largest Congressional Districts in the nation, encompassing approximately half of the state’s land mass. The District contains more shoreline - 1,613 miles - than any other Congressional District in the nation except Alaska. Stupak became the first Democrat in the 20th Century to serve successive terms in this District by winning re-election eight times: in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Stupak was a member of the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee which is an exclusive committee, and therefore is the only committee on which Stupak served. The Commerce Committee, the first U.S. House committee, was formed in 1795 and is the only Committee referenced in the United States Constitution.

Within the Energy and Commerce Committee, Stupak served as the Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee (commonly referred to as “O&I”). Since 2007 , as the top Democrat on the Subcommittee, Stupak helped spearhead investigations into high-profile issues like online child pornography, physical & cyber security breaches at U.S. nuclear labs, food and drug safety investigations, insurance company rescissions of insurance policies, the recent Toyota sudden unattended acceleration problems and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Stupak’s law enforcement background and his work as an attorney make him uniquely qualified to chair O&I, a position he obtained in January of 2007. In addition to serving as Chairman, Stupak also served on the Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee and the Environment and Hazardous Waste Subcommittee. Congressman Stupak's committee assignment allowed him to shape legislation that affects all Americans, from Medicare and prescription drug bills, to rural health care and telemedicine measures, to legislation affecting energy availability and prices.

Stupak began his career in public service in 1972 as an Escanaba, MI police officer in 1972 and continued his career in law enforcement as a Michigan State Police Trooper. Injured in the line of duty, he was medically retired from the state police in 1984. He has also served Michigan residents as an attorney and as a member of the Michigan State Legislature.

Congressman Stupak holds a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, in Lansing, Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University in 1977, graduating magna cum laude, and he earned his Associate's Degree from Northwestern Michigan Community College in Traverse City in 1972.