Fred Upton Wins Battle for Energy and Commerce Committee

Chad Outler | December 17, 2010

Dec. 17, 2010 -- As Jim Snyder of Bloomberg reports, Rep. Fred Upton has triumphed in a muti-lateral contest to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Texas's Joe Barton, Illinois's John Shimkus and Florida's Cliff Stearns were also vying for the job.

Rep. Upton represents Michigan's 6th Congressional District, which includes the seven counties of southwest Michigan. The Congressman has served in the House of Representatives since 1986.

The Energy and Commerce Committee has a broad portfolio, including jurisdiction over national energy policy as well as interstate and foreign commerce.

The following are the top ten contributors to Upton's campaign by interest group:

Electric Utilities$177,100
Health Professionals$97,152
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products      $83,700
Oil & Gas$68,550
Lawyers/Law Firms$45,088
Waste Management$39,800
Telephone Utilities$39,750

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) will replace California Democrat Henry Waxman as chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the 112th Congress. The following are the top ten contributors to Waxman's campaign by interest group:

Health Professionals$144,250
Hospitals/Nursing Homes$108,250
Health Services/HMOs$105,950
Lawyers/Law Firms$94,050
Electric Utilities$58,500
Telecom Services & Equipment$50,000
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products                 $49,900
Industrial Unions$46,000

Contributions above are for the last two years of available data, Oct 14, 2008 - Oct 13, 2010. Contributions from political parties and from other candidates are not included in the "Top 10" lists. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (