WMU News

Upton gives legislative update at next Keystone breakfast

May 23, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Congressman Fred Upton will be on the Western Michigan University campus Monday, June 7, to give an update on Washington, D.C., happenings to those attending a presentation at the University's Haworth College of Business.

Upton will present a "Legislative Update" as part of the Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Series. The presentation, which includes a continental breakfast, will begin at 7:30 a.m. in Room 2150 of WMU's Schneider Hall. The free business college program is sponsored by Keystone Community Bank and is open to the public. Parking will be available in the Fetzer Center parking lot. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the business dean's office at (269) 387-5050.

"Congressman Upton is an influential participant in legislative debates that have major implications not only for West Michigan, but for the nation's overall business and economic health," says Dr. James W. Schmotter, dean of the Haworth College of Business. "We're delighted that he's bringing insights from Capitol Hill on these and other important issues to the Keystone Breakfast Series."

Called by the South Bend Tribune "the yardstick by which all other members of Congress should be measured," Upton is one of only two members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have not missed a single recorded vote since 1997. He is a member of the House Committee on Education and Workforce and the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Upton is chairperson of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, and is a senior member of the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment. A few of his recent initiatives include bringing the 51st Weapons of Mass Destruction/Civil Support Team to Southwest Michigan, working toward improving and widening I-94, funding for research programs at WMU, and funding for a new transit facility in Kalamazoo. Upton is a native of St. Joseph, Mich., and earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan.

As part of the 2003-04 Keystone series, business leaders from around West Michigan are slated to discuss the triumphs and challenges of finding success in this area, and how they have grown and prospered despite tough economic times.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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