|Address||4101 Michigan Shores Drive |
Menominee, Michigan 49858, United States
|| February 29, 1952
Mar 16, 2013 09:33pm
Caucasian - Polish - Married - Catholic - Christian - Straight -
|Info||Bartholomew Thomas Stupak |
Bart Stupak was elected in 1992 to represent Michigan's First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Twenty-eight counties make up the sprawling Northern Michigan district. It contains the entire Upper Peninsula as well as the northern part of the Lower Peninsula, making it the second-largest Congressional District east of the Mississippi River. Michigan's First Congressional District has more shoreline, 1556 miles, than any other Congressional District except Alaska. Stupak became the first Democrat in the 20th Century to serve successive terms in this Congressional District by winning re election in 1994, 1996, and 1998. He was re-elected again in 2000.
Stupak is a member of the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee. Since the Commerce Committee is an exclusive committee, it is the only committee on which Stupak serves. The Commerce Committee, the first U.S. House committee, was formed in 1795 and is the only Committee referenced in the United States Constitution. It was originally formed to protect the commerce clause and regulate foreign commerce.
Within the Commerce Committee, Stupak serves on the three Subcommittees: Health, Oversight and Investigations, and Telecommunications and the Internet. A national publication has estimated that at least 60 percent of legislation that goes through the U.S. House passes through the Commerce Committee. Congressman Stupak's committee assignments allow him to have a substantial impact on legislation considered by the U.S. House of Representatives, from Medicare and prescription drugs to investigations of Enron and Firestone tires, as well as Homeland Security issues.
A northern Michigan native and the representative of the congressional district with the nation's longest freshwater shoreline, Stupak has been the leader in Congress on Great Lakes issues. He was the first U.S. House member to raise the issue of combating bulk sales or diversions of Great Lakes water, which he raised during the 1993 NAFTA debate. He was also the first House member to oppose drilling for oil and gas beneath the Great Lakes, a position he began publicly advocating in 1997, and he was the first to author legislation to ban this procedure. He has been invited to speak to national forums on water diversion issues, most recently at the University of Toledo College of Law in November 2001. In 2001 he gained a victory in a long-running legislative effort to ban drilling for oil and gas in and under the Great Lakes, when the U.S. Congress imposed a ban on the practice. The Michigan House and Senate followed Stupak's lead and voted to ban drilling at the state level. Stupak also has pressed the state of Michigan for adoption of a comprehensive water use plan for the entire state that includes all surface and groundwater sources.
Acknowledging Congressman Stupak's investigative experience and his ability to work in a bipartisan manner, Minority Leader Richard Gephardt has named him for three consecutive terms of Congress to the small pool of congressman who may be called on to investigate other members of the U.S. House for potential ethics violations. "A sense of justice and fair play, an excellent knowledge of the House and its procedures, and an ability to rise above partisanship were key traits used to select those members who will serve on these subcommittees," Gephardt said of the appointment. "Congressman Stupak brings all of these skills, plus a probing mind, to this task."
Stupak began his career in public service as an Escanaba police officer in 1972. Continuing his career in law enforcement, Stupak served as a Michigan State Trooper from 1973 to 1984. Stupak was injured in the line of duty and was medically retired from the state police in 1984. He has also served Northern Michigan residents as an attorney in Menominee. Stupak served as a State Representative in 1989-90, representing Menominee, Delta and Dickinson counties.
Stupak's 12 years of experience as a police officer have allowed him to take a lead role on law enforcement issues in Congress. Bart is founder and co chairman of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, a bi partisan organization of more than 100 House members, which provides our nation's law enforcement community with an avenue to participate in the legislative process. He has been an ardent supporter in the U.S. House of the COPS program and of the men and women who serve in our local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
In response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Stupak was named to the Democratic Caucus Task Force on Homeland Security, and he also serves as a member of a task force subgroup, the Domestic Law Enforcement Working Group. In that forum and by means of sponsored legislation he has fervently sought to train and equip local law enforcement and other first responders to be better prepared for potential bioterrorism attacks and other terrorist incidents.
A graduate of Gladstone High School, Congressman Stupak holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, in Lansing, Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State College in 1977, graduating magna cum laude, and he earned his Associate's Degree from Northwestern Michigan Community College in Traverse City in 1972.
Bart was born on February 29, 1952. He lives in Menominee, Michigan, with his wife Laurie, the city's mayor, and their son, Ken, a junior at Michigan State University. The Stupaks also had a son, Bart Jr., who died in May 2000.