KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- U.S. Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) went to bed Tuesday night after debating Democratic challenger Mike O'Brien, then got up Wednesday morning and talked about his re-election bid with WKZO's Lori Moore.
Upton, who was first elected to Congress in 1986, pointed to what he considers some of his recent successes.
"Our focus has always been jobs...whether it's been helping with the Kalamazoo airport and getting that remodeling done, whether it's expanding I-94 to six lanes...whether it's helping Pfizer and Stryker," Upton said, suggesting what he has done in Washington has had a direct impact here.
As chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Upton tells WKZO he has worked closely on various issues and points to his willingness to cross the aisle and work with Democrats.
"We've seen nearly 80 bills moved through our committee onto the House floor - thirty of them are now law - with real impact on economic activity here in southwest Michigan," Upton said.
Tuesday's debate was liveliest when O'Brien criticized Upton's endorsement of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Hear the whole Upton interview from The Lori Moore Show by clicking here.