View Congress Member / Senator

Name: Fred Upton
Position: House (MI, 6)
Party: Republican

Staffer: Alec T. Zender
Telephone: 202-225-3761
Address: 2183 Rayburn House Office Building

Number of Contacts: 12 ( or 0% in support)
Cosponsor in 116th: No

Message and Talking Points


Sophie Poost writes on 9/30/2019 at 9:46AM:
On September 25, ADAPT members were provided with the following staff information:

Alec T Zender
Legislative Assistant

Mark D. Ratner
Legislative Director

Joan F. Hillebrands
Chief of Staff

Sophie Poost writes on 9/30/2019 at 9:43AM:
On September 25, Bill, Lee, and Joelle of Michigan ADAPT as well as Dawn, Jackie, Sophie, and JD visited the office. The front desk staffer was rude and attempted to shut down the ADAPT members immediately. the staff and ADAPT went back and forth about trying to get a meeting and ADAPT decided to wait until someone was available. While the discussed potential meeting times, Alec T. Zender, legislative assistant, came into the room and offered to meet with the group immediately. Alec spoke with the group and agreed with many points. Alec pointed out that institutional care costs more and that Upton was an original cosponsor of the ADA. Alec said that he thought that the bill probably fell through the cracks when Kathy Moffitt left and that he would start looking into the bill. Alec agreed to a follow up in the coming weeks.

Dara Baldwin writes on 5/06/2019 at 3:22PM:
On 5/6/2019 - met with Kathy Moffitt to discuss how to get Rep. Upton on this bill and maybe get his assistance with getting his fellow R's on E&C to cosponsor. She has some asks - 1. Stats on how this will assist MI; 2. Discuss with Scalise's office (sending her information to do this); 3. Meeting with MI advocate when ADAPT is in town for Spring Action in May 2019 - working on these things and will follow up with her in a week.

Jacqueline Mitchell writes on 5/03/2019 at 2:36PM:
I wanted to follow up from a meeting we had with Kyle last month regarding Congressman McCarthy signing on to DIA as a Co-Sponsor.

I am emailing to ask Congressman McCarthy to support H.R. 555, the Disability Integration Act. We are steadily approaching 160 Co Sponsors on this great bi-partisan legislation. DIA will ensure the right of Disabled Americans to receive long term services and supports in the least restrictive setting, as set forth by the Olmsted decision. Having the freedom, dignity, and true choice is at the heart of this bill. We hope to extend that freedom to all the citizens of California.

There is no opposition to this bill. It is supported by the entire Disability Community including Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Arc, Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living, the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), the Lutheran Services in America Disability Network, and the National Council on Aging. If you have any question about the bill, please reach out to Amy Bos with Congressman Sensenbrenner's office.

Please email with any questions. Let's show that all of California supports the civil rights of Disabled Americans.

Thank you,

Jonathan Dollhopf writes on 4/08/2019 at 6:05PM:
National ADAPt stopped the office asking for Katherine Moffitt. The staffer said she's not available. Sent an email to Katherine requesting a meeting. Waiting for the response.

Dara Baldwin writes on 3/22/2019 at 9:49AM:
On 3/21/2019 visited the office spoke with Katherine Moffitt - LA on E&C for the member. We had a great conversation she will discuss with her boss about being a cosponsor. I sent her a thank you email with all of the information we discussed and the Redline version of the 116th bill. I will follow up with her the first week of April.

Jonathan Dollhopf writes on 1/10/2019 at 5:15PM:
January 9th, Jonathan Dollhopf stopped by the office and asked for health care staffers. The receptionist said no one is here. I gave her the DIA paper. (Lost the business card.)

Tim Bowman writes on 8/30/2018 at 1:12PM:
On August 30th, 2018, C4CI sent an email to Mark Ratner ( asking why is not a cosponsor of DIA and whether the representative would commit to being an initial co-sponsor of DIA if elected to the next Congress.

Ericka Jones writes on 5/23/2018 at 2:17PM:
ADAPT met with office staff on May 16th who will give information to Legislative Director Mark Ratner. Staff was not familiar with D.I.A.

Follow up at:

Bruce Darling writes on 9/27/2017 at 3:30PM:
On September 27th, ADAPT members - as part of the Fall Action Hill Day - provided the office with information about the Disability Integration Act and asked that the Member of Congress cosponsor this legislation.

Bruce Darling writes on 5/17/2017 at 4:45PM:
On May 17th, ADAPT members - as part of the Spring Action Hill Day - provided the office with information about the Disability Integration Act and asked that the Member of Congress cosponsor this legislation.

Stephanie Woodward writes on 4/13/2016 at 11:02AM:
On April 13, 2016 ADAPT members - as part of the Spring Action Hill Day - provided the office with information about the Disability Integration Act which has already been introduced in the US Senate and asked that the Member of Congress become initial cosponsor this legislation in the House.

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