Distinguished statesman encouraged by Dana Ferguson following in his footsteps

District's longest serving Congressman—Bart Stupak—endorses Dana Ferguson for US Congress.

MARQUETTE, Mich. — Democratic Congressional nominee Dana Ferguson procured the endorsement of the longest serving Congressman in Michigan’s First District, Bart Stupak. Stupak served 18 years in Congress from 1993 to 2011 when he retired from elected office.

“With the current state of our national affairs, November’s General Election will be one of the most important elections of our lifetime and we need Dana Ferguson’s strong, independent voice to represent all the citizens in Michigan’s First Congressional District,” stated Stupak.

"A few things are different from when I represented this beautiful District, but the issues that matter to hard working people of the First stay constant," said Stupak. "Dana Ferguson knows these issues intimately. I'm proud to support a blue collar, deep-rooted Yooper to represent the people of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula."

Stupak says Ferguson understands what's lacking in DC and is ready to bring true representation back to Northern Michigan by returning home every possible weekend.

"Dana's work ethic is unmatched, his energy and drive — unparalleled," said Stupak. "I'm confident his ability to engage voters will translate to being an effective Congressman. Dana Ferguson will make a great public servant. He has my full endorsement and support."

Earlier this year Congressman Stupak and former Menominee Mayor Laurie Stupak participated in a virtual town hall with Ferguson on what it means to represent the vast array of people who make up one of the largest Congressional District’s in the nation.

"In my first meetings with the Stupaks my affinity and appreciation for the job grew tenfold," said Ferguson. "It's certainly a challenge to be representative of such a diverse district and no one since has done it nearly as well. It's an honor to accept his endorsement. I admire Bart's and Laurie's service to the area and I'm grateful they have played an influential advisory role in the campaign."

During his time in office, Stupak was a member of the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee which has jurisdiction over at least 60 percent of all legislation considered by the US House of Representatives. Stupak was Chairman of Oversight and Investigations subcommittee in addition to serving on the Health and Telecommunications and the Internet subcommittees.

"I hope to follow in his footsteps in many areas, especially on the Great Lakes," said Ferguson. "Bart partnered with the State to ban drilling for oil and gas in Michigan and pushed for new standards in ground water quality. The three Great Lakes that surround our district are some of the most precious natural resources in the world."

Before being elected to the House of Representatives, Stupak began his career in public service as an Escanaba police officer in 1972, was injured in the line of duty and medically retired from the Michigan State Police in 1984. He served northern Michigan residents as an attorney and as a State Representative in 1989-90, representing Menominee, Delta and Dickinson counties.

"The importance of this election to the direction and identity of our country is unprecedented," said Stupak. "In my conversations with Dana, I'm constantly assured he understands and values how vital this position can be, not just for the district, but the entire country. No one will out work him to win this seat, and the First District needs a Congressman who will return to the District and work for all citizens. I'm proud to endorse and ask voters to support Dana Ferguson on November 3rd."

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