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Dutch Ruppersberger
CA Dutch Ruppersberger.jpg
U.S. House, Maryland, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRobert Ehrlich (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,414,938
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Baltimore County Executive
1994-2002
Baltimore City Council
1985-1994
Assistant Maryland State Attorney
1972-1980
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland, College Park
J.D.University of Maryland School of Law
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 31, 1946
Place of birthBaltimore, Maryland
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$1,890,013
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Dutch Ruppersberger campaign logo
Charles Albert "Dutch" Ruppersberger III(b. January 31, 1946) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Maryland's 2nd congressional district. Ruppersberger was first elected to the House in 2002 and is currently serving his sixth consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012. [1]

Ruppersberger is running for re-election in Maryland's 2nd congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his election in the House Ruppersberger has served as Maryland's Assistant State Attorney, as a member of the Baltimore City Council as well as Baltimore County Executive.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Ruppersberger is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Ruppersberger was born in 1946 in Baltimore, Maryland. After attending Baltimore City College, he earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1970. Prior to his political career, Ruppersberger worked as an attorney.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Ruppersberger's political career[2]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Ruppersberger serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Ruppersberger served on the following House committees:[4]

Issues

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[5] According to the report, Ruppersberger helped obtain $187,000 toward a beach replenishment survey of the Ocean City shoreline. He and his wife own two condominium units there.[6]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Ruppersberger voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Campaign themes

2012

The following are several campaign issues which were highlighted by Ruppersberger on his campaign website.[8]

  • Healhcare: "Congressman Ruppersberger supported the health reform legislation that recently passed Congress and was signed by the President. H.R. 3962, the Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010, will make health care more affordable while reducing the federal budget by over $100 billion over the next ten years."[9]
  • Immigration: "Congressman Ruppersberger does not support illegal immigration and believes we need to make our borders more secure. He sponsored legislation that would fund the hiring of 2,000 new border patrol agents every year for the next five years."[10]
  • Social Security: "The Congressman believes we need to modernize social security, but he does not believe social security should be privatized."[11]
  • Economy and Jobs: Ruppersberger has supported H.R. 1, the American Recover and Reinvestment Act, and the H.R. 3435, the Cash for Clunkers Program.[12]

Elections

2012

See also: Maryland's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Ruppersberger won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Maryland's 2nd District. On March 30, 2012 the 2nd district was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting. [13] Ruppersberger ran as a Democrat and defeated Maryland state senator Nancy Jacobs in the November general election.

U.S. House, Maryland District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDutch Ruppersberger Incumbent 65.6% 194,088
     Republican Nancy Jacobs 31.1% 92,071
     Libertarian Leo Dymowski 3.2% 9,344
     Republican Ray Bly (Write-in) 0% 22
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 415
Total Votes 295,940
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Ruppersberger ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on April 3, 2012.


Dutch Ruppersberger, "Congressman Ruppersberger Biography"

Endorsements

Ruppersbreger has received endorsements for the 2012 election from the following organizations,

  • Clean Water Action Maryland: A group that is "a top advocate for the preservation and protection of the Chesapeake Bay."[14]
  • National Association of Social Workers: An organization consisting of "nearly 150,000 professional social workers."[15]
  • Columbia Democratic Club
  • Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club of Howard County
  • Sierra Club: A leading, national environmental group.[16]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ruppersberger is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Ruppersberger raised a total of $6,414,938 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[26]

Dutch Ruppersberger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Maryland, District 2) Won $1,408,187
2010 U.S. House (Maryland, District 2) Won $1,137,058
2008 U.S. House (Maryland, District 2) Won $1,030,869
2006 U.S. House (Maryland, District 2) Won $854,594
2004 U.S. House (Maryland, District 2) Won $746,971
2002 U.S. House (Maryland, District 2) Won $1,237,259
Grand Total Raised $6,414,938

2014

Defense contractors

According to a July 2013 Politico report, Ruppersberger made the top 10 list of Hill members receiving defense industry contributions. As of July 2013, Ruppersberger had received more than $37,000 from top defense firms.[27]

2012

Breakdown of the source of Ruppersberger's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Ruppersberger won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ruppersberger's campaign committee raised a total of $1,408,187 and spent $1,096,048.[28]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Ruppersberger's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Ruppersberger won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Ruppersberger's campaign committee raised a total of $1,137,058 and spent $1,334,073.[29]

U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 2nd Congressional District, 2010 - Dutch Ruppersberger Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,137,058
Total Spent $1,334,073
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $199,333
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $203,115
Top contributors to Dutch Ruppersberger's campaign committee
Northrop Grumman$41,100
University of Maryland Medical System$21,100
General Dynamics$10,500
SAIC Inc$10,500
Comcast Corp$10,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$88,500
Real Estate$87,766
Misc Defense$81,750
Lawyers/Law Firms$54,400
Lobbyists$53,392

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Ruppersberger is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 23, 2013.[30]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Ruppersberger missed 334 of 7,661 roll call votes from Jan 2003 to Mar 2013, which is 4.4% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[31]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Ruppersberger paid his congressional staff a total of $1,106,915 in 2011. He ranked 49th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 59th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Maryland ranked 11th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[32]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Ruppersberger is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Ruppersberger's staff was given an apparent $94,009.04 in bonus money.[33]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Ruppersberger's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,155,026 and $2,625,000. This averages to $1,890,013, which is a 1.86% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[34]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Ruppersberger's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,035,044 and $2,676,000. That averages to $1,855,522, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[35]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Ruppersberger was ranked the 161st most liberal representative during 2012.[36]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Dutch Ruppersberger was ranked the 165th most liberal representative during 2011.[37]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Dutch Ruppersberger has voted with the Democratic Party 92.2% of the time, which ranked 119 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[38]

Recent news

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Personal

Ruppersberger has been married to his wife Kay (nee Murphy) for 42 years. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.[39]

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger" Accessed November 29, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 29, 2011
  5. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  6. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. http://www.dutchforcongress.com/issues Dutch Ruppersberger's Official Campaign Website]
  9. http://www.dutchforcongress.com/issues Dutch Ruppersberger's Official Campaign Website]
  10. http://www.dutchforcongress.com/issues Dutch Ruppersberger's Official Campaign Website]
  11. http://www.dutchforcongress.com/issues/2010-06-seniors-and-social-security Dutch Ruppersberger's Official Campaign Website]
  12. http://www.dutchforcongress.com/issues/2010-06-jobs-and-the-economy Dutch Ruppersberger's Official Campaign Website]
  13. National Journal "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS" Accessed March 31, 2012
  14. Dutch Ruppersberger's Official Campaign Website
  15. Dutch Ruppersberger's Official Campaign Website
  16. Dutch Ruppersberger's Official Campaign Website
  17. Hometown Annapolis "Maryland gets C on Transparency" Accessed March 26, 2012
  18. Progressive Maryland "2012 Candidates" Accessed March 26, 2012
  19. Baltimore Sun "Ruppersberger backs Rosen in 1st District" Accessed March 29, 2012
  20. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-wendy-rosen-withdraws-20120910,0,3764352.story Baltimore Sun "Democrat withdraws from 1st District congressional race after allegations she voted in two states"
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Dutch Ruppersberger" Accessed May 16, 2013
  27. Politico, "Top 10 Hill recipients of defense contributions," Accessed July 11, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Dutch Ruppersberger 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  30. Gov Track "Ruppersberger" Accessed June 23, 2013
  31. GovTrack, "Dutch Ruppersberger," Accessed April 2013
  32. LegiStorm "Dutch Ruppersberger"
  33. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  34. OpenSecrets.org, "Ruppersberger, (D-Maryland), 2011"
  35. OpenSecrets.org, "Ruppersberger, (D-Maryland), 2010"
  36. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  37. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  38. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  39. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 29, 2011
Political offices
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Robert Ehrlich
U.S. House of Representatives - Maryland District 2
2003–present
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Baltimore County Executive
1994-2002
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Baltimore City Council
1985-1994
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Assistant Maryland State Attorney
1972-1980
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