Upton named one of the most bipartisan elected officials in the country
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Common Ground Committee – a national nonpartisan, citizen-led organization – named U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) a “Common Ground Champion” today for his commitment to working with both sides of the aisle to find solutions. Upton’s ‘Common Ground’ score of 70 was the eleventh highest among elected officials nationwide, and was the highest among Michigan elected officials.
The average score was 26.
“We can't hope to solve the issues facing our nation if we stand divided,” said Erik Olsen, Co-Founder of Common Ground Committee. “Lawmakers like Congressman Upton are working together to make progress for their constituents. We hope that more lawmakers follow their lead and make a commitment to finding common ground.”
“This isn’t just about some score – this about a real commitment to working with anyone to solve problems. If it’s a good idea and will help solve problems, sign me up,” Upton said. “We need more lawmakers committed to coming together, solving problems, and finding common ground. If we paid more attention to governing than politics, we could do a lot more good for a lot more people. That’s what I’m about.”
According to the Common Ground Committee, the scores were based on how elected officials embody the spirit and practice of a Common Grounder — someone who seeks points of agreement and solutions on social and political issues through listening and productive conversation.
For more information on the Common Ground Committee and this year’s scores, click here.