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U.S. Rep. Fred Upton announces retirement

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FILE -Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., left, speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, May 3, 2017. Upton, who voted to impeach President Donald Trump over the Capitol insurrection, announced Tuesday, April 5, 2022, that he's retiring after 35 years in office.

Longtime U.S. Rep. Fred Upton won’t seek a 19th term in Congress.

The St. Joseph Republican has represented Southwest Michigan’s 6th District since 1987. He announced his retirement on the U.S. House floor this morning.

“Even the best stories have a last chapter. This is it for me,” Upton said.

Upton was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former president Donald Trump last year for his role in the January 6th insurrection.

Michigan’s recent redistricting put him in the new District 4, which extends north from St. Joseph to Port Sheldon Township. Upton would have faced current 2nd District Rep. Bill Huizenga, a fellow Republican, in the primaries.

Following the announcement, Democratic Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell said Upton had been a “devoted public servant” who “always put the people he served first.”

“To him, ‘bipartisan’ and ‘compromise’ were not forbidden words,” Dingell said. “Fred knew well that if we were going to deliver real solutions for the American people, we need to come together and listen to all perspectives.”

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement:

“Congressman Upton is a lifelong Michigander, loyal U of M fan, faithful public servant, and family man. He is a passionate advocate for the issues he cares about and never hesitates to showcase his independent streak. Over decades of service, he has protected the Great Lakes and shaped major legislation on energy, the environment, manufacturing, and so much more. Mr. Upton’s leadership is bipartisan, commonsense, and empathetic. We could all learn something from his tenure and strive to live and lead with the values he embodies. I know that Mr. Upton will continue getting things done for Michiganders and leading on the issues that matter most in our great state.”

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Gemma DiCarlo comes to Indiana by way of Athens, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2020 with a degree in Journalism and certificates in New Media and Sustainability. She has radio experience from her time as associate producer of Athens News Matters, the flagship public affairs program at WUGA-FM.