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Upton Announces Appointment of Dale Shugars to Lead Kalamazoo District Office

Washington, November 17, 2021 | Billy Fuerst (202-225-3761)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, announced that Mr. Dale Shugars will join his team in Kalamazoo as District Representative and Community Liaison.

“Dale’s extensive background as a public servant listening to the needs of Southwest Michigan makes him a perfect fit to run my Kalamazoo District office,” said Rep. Upton. “I have every confidence in his ability to serve my diverse constituency.”

“I am so grateful to Fred for this opportunity to serve the Kalamazoo community at the next level,” said Shugars. “Providing the best service to folks who call Southwest Michigan home is my top priority – whether that be navigating a federal agency or connecting on local issues of concern to community members, organizations, and officials. I am ready to roll my sleeves up and get to work.”

Dale is a longtime resident of Kalamazoo and has been an active member of the community. He served on the Portage City Council for seven years, in the Michigan State House for four years, and in the Michigan State Senate for eight years. Most recently, he was elected to represent District 9 on the Kalamazoo County Commission.

Before entering public office, Dale was a practicing Certified Public Accountant in Kalamazoo. He also served as past treasurer and board member of the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Michigan Society of Association Executives.

Dale graduated from Portage Northern High School and Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in accountancy and political science.

Dale has been married to his wife Debbie for 34 years. Their daughter, Meaghan, and son-in-law, Danny, have given them two grandchildren, Clayton and Rylynn.

For folks who need help with a federal agency, Upton’s Kalamazoo office is open by appointment only due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To schedule an appointment, please call the office at (269) 385-0039.


Dale Shugars and Rep. Fred Upton

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