Upton, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has a centrist record in the House that includes backing increases in the federal minimum wage, expanding the State Children's Health Care Insurance Program, providing more funding for Amtrak and supporting the "Cash for Clunkers" program that offered rebates for trading in for more fuel-efficient cars. He also opposed the 2007 troop surge in Iraq and supported federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research.
Hoogendyk held Upton to 57 percent of the vote in 2010 despite spending just $62,000 to Upton's $2 million on the race. He will announce his decision on a campaign Tuesday afternoon, and is widely expected to run.
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