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Dutch Ruppersberger
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U.S. House, Maryland, District 2
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PredecessorRobert Ehrlich (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.65 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,414,938
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Baltimore County Executive
Baltimore City Council
Assistant Maryland State Attorney
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland, College Park
J.D.University of Maryland School of Law
BirthdayJanuary 31, 1946
Place of birthBaltimore, Maryland
Net worth$1,782,010.50
Office website
Campaign website
Dutch Ruppersberger campaign logo
Charles Albert "Dutch" Ruppersberger III (b. January 31, 1946, in Baltimore, Maryland) 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 to the House, Ruppersberger served as Maryland's Assistant State Attorney, as a member of the Baltimore City Council and as Baltimore County Executive.[2]

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


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]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Ruppersberger serves on the following committees:[3]


Ruppersberger served on the following House committees:[4]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Ruppersberger's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Ruppersberger voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Ruppersberger voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Ruppersberger voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


Voted "Yes" Ruppersberger voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[9] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[10] Ruppersberger voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[12] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Ruppersberger voted for HR 2775.[13]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Ruppersberger voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[7]


Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Ruppersberger voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[7]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Ruppersberger voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[7]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Ruppersberger voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[7]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 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.[14]


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.[15] 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.[16]

Campaign themes


The following are several campaign issues which were highlighted by Ruppersberger on his campaign website.[17]

  • 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."[17]
  • 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."[17]
  • Social Security: "The Congressman believes we need to modernize social security, but he does not believe social security should be privatized."[17]
  • 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.[17]



See also: Maryland's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Ruppersberger is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


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. [18] 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"


Ruppersbreger 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."[17]
  • National Association of Social Workers: An organization consisting of "nearly 150,000 professional social workers."[17]
  • Columbia Democratic Club
  • Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club of Howard County
  • Sierra Club: A leading, national environmental group.[17]

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.[28]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ruppersberger’s reports.[29]

Dutch Ruppersberger (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]June 4, 2013$890,964.49$123,275.61$(184,163.47)$830,076.63
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$830,076.63$181,956.92$(136,556.37)$875,477.18
October Quarterly[32]October 13, 2013$875,477.18$125,395.74$(93,764.91)$907,108.01
Year-end[33]January 31, 2014$907,108$88,374$(71,179)$924,303
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$924,303$106,112$(96,328)$934,087
Running totals

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.[35]


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.[36]

Cost per vote

Ruppersberger spent $5.65 per vote received in 2012.


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.[37]

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


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.[38]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[39]

Ruppersberger most often votes with:

Ruppersberger least often votes with:

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 January 2003 to March 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.[40]

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 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.[41]

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.[42]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Ruppersberger's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,019,022 and $2,544,999. That averages to $3,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $. Ruppersberger ranked as the 158th most wealthy representative in 2012.[43]

Dutch Ruppersberger Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

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 in the previous year.


Ruppersberger ranked 161st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[44]


Ruppersberger ranked 165th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[45]

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.[46]


Ruppersberger has been married to his wife Kay (nee Murphy) for 42 years. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.[47]

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See also

External links


  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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Project Votesmart, "Dutch Ruppersberger Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," Accessed January 4, 2013.
  15. Washington Post, "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  16. Washington Post, "Mapping the Earmarks," February 6, 2012
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 17.7 http://www.dutchforcongress.com/issues Dutch Ruppersberger's Official Campaign Website]
  18. National Journal, "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS," Accessed March 31, 2012
  19. Hometown Annapolis "Maryland gets C on Transparency" Accessed March 26, 2012
  20. Progressive Maryland, "2012 Candidates," Accessed March 26, 2012
  21. Baltimore Sun, "Ruppersberger backs Rosen in 1st District," Accessed March 29, 2012
  22. 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"
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. Open Secrets, "Dutch Ruppersberger," Accessed May 16, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "Dutch Ruppersberger 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Dutch Ruppersberger April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Dutch Ruppersberger July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  35. Politico, "Top 10 Hill recipients of defense contributions," Accessed July 11, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  37. Open Secrets, "Dutch Ruppersberger 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  38. Gov Track, "Ruppersberger," Accessed June 23, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Dutch Ruppersberger," Accessed August 5, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "Dutch Ruppersberger," Accessed April 2013
  41. LegiStorm, "Dutch Ruppersberger"
  42. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  43. OpenSecrets.org, "Ruppersberger (D-MD), 2012"
  44. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," Accessed February 26, 2013
  45. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," Accessed February 23, 2012
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  47. Official House Site, "Biography," Accessed November 29, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Ehrlich
U.S. House of Representatives - Maryland District 2
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Baltimore County Executive
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Baltimore City Council
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Assistant Maryland State Attorney
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