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Bart Stupak
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan’s 1st district
In office
January 3, 1993 â€“ January 3, 2011
Preceded by John Conyers
Succeeded by Dan Benishek
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 109th district
In office
January 1, 1989 â€“ December 31, 1990
Preceded by Jim Connors
Succeeded by David Anthony
Personal details
Born Bartholomew Thomas Stupak
(1952-02-29) February 29, 1952 (age 64)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Laurie Ann Stupak
Children 2
Alma mater Saginaw Valley State University (B.A.)
Western Michigan University (J.D.)

When you start talking about the patients' bill of rights and all the benefits that are in there, people agree with all that. What they don't know is how are you going to pay for it.
Bart Stupak
I believe everyone should have healthcare. In all my correspondence – I've been saying for years – it's a right, not a privilege.
Bart Stupak
Right-to-life groups won't fund us because we're Democrats.
I've had some threaten not to give Communion to me, even though they don't know my position, just because I'm a Democrat. I've had cardinals refuse to shake my hand because I'm a Democrat.
Bart Stupak
The Tea Party did not run me out. If you know me and my personality, I would welcome the challenge.
Bart Stupak
All I'm asking for is the law that's been on the books for the last 33 years, no public funding for abortion. We are both saying the same thing, pro-life, pro-choice. Let's find the language that works for both of us so we can pass health care.
Bart Stupak
I'll put my progressive credentials up against anyone's.
I'm pretty stubborn.
No matter what the president or anyone tried to do on health care, they never got the headlines, because the Gulf oil spill happened. It seemed like it sucked the wind out of the whole health care debate.
Bart Stupak
We are not voting for health care if we do not resolve this language on public funding for abortion – no public funding for abortion.
Bart Stupak
We believe the Senate language provides for federal subsidies for abortions. Plus there's a language in there where you have to pay one dollar per month, every enrollee, to pay for a fund for reproductive rights which include abortion. And that's totally against federal law. So we are saying take that out.
Bart Stupak
Why would Senator Allen want to oppose saving money for the state? It's simply another example of Republicans fighting the governor tooth and nail against any measure where she might be able to turn the state's budget around.
Bart Stupak
When I came to Congress, like our first panel, small business people, 64 percent of the people had health insurance. We'd buy it. Now, we're down to about 34 percent. That's why we have to do something on health care in this country because the cost is killing us.
Bart Stupak
When I first ran for Congress in 1992, I campaigned on a pledge to make affordable, quality healthcare a right, not a privilege, for all Americans.
Bart Stupak