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Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D)

Maryland District 2

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dutch.house.gov

Biography

Elected: 2002, 6th term.

Born: January 31, 1946, Baltimore

Home: Cockeysville

Education: U. of MD, attended 1963-67, U of Baltimore, J.D. 1970

Professional Career: Prosecutor, Baltimore Cnty. State's Atty. Office, 1970-75.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Methodist

Family: married (Kay) , 2 children

Dutch Ruppersberger, elected in 2002 in a district drawn specifically for him, serves as the House Intelligence Committee’s ranking Democrat, a position that often puts him in the news. In a chamber riven by partisanship, he is known for his close relationship with the committee’s chairman, Michigan Republican Mike Rogers.

Charles Albert Ruppersberger grew up in Baltimore, attended the University of Maryland, and graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Working as a Baltimore County assistant state’s attorney, Ruppersberger had a near-fatal car accidentin 1975while investigating a drug-trafficking case. When he asked his doctors at the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center how he could thank them, he said, they urged him to run for office so he could fund their facility. In 1986, he won a seat on the Baltimore County Council and made good on his promise to help the hospital. In 1994, he was elected Baltimore County executive, a position once held by Republican Vice President Spiro Agnew.

Barred from seeking a third term in 2002, Ruppersberger seriously considered running for governor. But he was dissuaded by state party leaders who felt he was too politically vulnerable at the time. In 2000, he had backed a plan to give him the power of eminent domain to redevelop large pieces of the county, but in a resounding rebuke, voters rejected it 2-to-1 in a referendum. Compounding the situation for Ruppersberger was a damaging story in The Baltimore Sun saying that he had given county work to a firm to which he had financial ties. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, became the gubernatorial candidate, while Ruppersberger got a favorable district for a House run when Democrats redrew the congressional map.

Because he considered his last name to be too long for a bumper sticker, Ruppersberger decided to use his lifelong nickname of “Dutch” in his political campaign. His little-known primary opponent, investment banker Osman Bengur, spent more than $500,000 of his own money. But the state’s Democratic establishment lined up behind Ruppersberger, and he won 50%-36%. In the fall, he faced former Republican Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, who held the 2nd District seat for a decade until she ran, unsuccessfully, for governor in 1994. With a strong record of constituent service and cross-party popularity, she had a chance to overcome the new district’s Democratic leanings. Both candidates supported additional dredging of shipping channels in the Chesapeake Bay plus increased port security. Ruppersberger won, 54%-46%. His popular-vote margin was more than 13,000 in the small part of the district in Baltimore city, which he carried 79%-21%, and only 3,000 in the rest of the district.

In the House, Ruppersberger has had the least liberal voting record among Maryland Democrats. Though he generally sticks with his party on major legislation, he supported an audit of the Federal Reserve in 2012 and an extension of several key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act in 2011. With the help of Baltimore native and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, he was appointed to the Intelligence Committee, where he called for expanded oversight of the intelligence agencies and for shifting resources from the Iraq war to terrorist “safe havens” in Afghanistan.

Ruppersberger and Rogers, a former FBI agent, agreed to seek to cooperatively repair the image of the panel, which had become known for partisan infighting. “We both focus more on the teamwork,” Ruppersberger told The Washington Post. The two men have traveled together to foreign hot spots, and have even made a point of sitting together when attending classified White House briefings. Ruppersberger has not hesitated to criticize the Obama administration—he said in April 2009 that he had not been adequately consulted on its ambitious plan to buy and launch spy satellites, and worked to add a provision to the 2010 intelligence authorization bill to ensure better oversight of satellite programs.

In early 2010, he threw his support behind a House-passed bill to strengthen cyber security, an area he said had been neglected under Obama. He and Rogers introduced a new cyber bill that passed the House in 2011, but a related measure stalled in the Senate. Ruppersberger said in May 2012 that administration leaks of highly classified information—which Republicans sought at the time to turn into an election-year campaign issue—were “about the worst that I’ve seen.”

Concerned about the potential sale of shipping operations at the Port of Baltimore to the United Arab Emirates, Ruppersberger helped to enact port-security legislation. After anti-gay rights groups conducted a series of highly controversial protests at the funerals of U.S. soldiers, he introduced a bill in 2011 barring such demonstrations at cemeteries during the five hours before and after a memorial service.

Ruppersberger has been reelected easily. His statewide ambitions have dimmed with the election of other Baltimore-area Democrats to vacant seats for governor and the Senate.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-3061

(202) 225-3094

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2416
Washington, DC 20515-2002

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-3061

(202) 225-3094

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2416
Washington, DC 20515-2002

DISTRICT OFFICE

(410) 628-2701

(410) 628-2708

The Atrium Suite 200
Timonium, MD 21093-2130

DISTRICT OFFICE

(410) 628-2701

(410) 628-2708

The Atrium Suite 200
Timonium, MD 21093-2130

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(410) 252-2505

PO Box 231
Lutherville, MD 21094

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 231
Lutherville, MD 21094

Staff

Sort by: Interest Name Title

Abortion

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Aerospace

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Agriculture

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Animal Rights

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Appropriations

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Arts

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Banking

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Budget

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Campaign

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Commerce

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Crime

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Disaster

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Education

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Cori Duggins
Deputy Chief of Staff; Casework Supervisor

Energy

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Environment

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Finance

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Foreign

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Govt Ops

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Grants

Jennifer Riggs Driban
District Director; Outreach

Jasmine Stuart
Constituent Liaison

Gun Issues

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Health

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Homeland Security

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Housing

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Human Rights

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Immigration

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Intelligence

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Intergovernmental

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Internet

Jaime Lennon
Director of Communications

Judiciary

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Labor

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Land Use

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Medicare

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Lynn Yates
Constituent Liaison

lynn.yates@mail.house.gov
(410) 628-2701

Military

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Science

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Small Business

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Social Security

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Lynn Yates
Constituent Liaison

lynn.yates@mail.house.gov
(410) 628-2701

Tax

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Technology

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Telecommunications

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Trade

Walter Gonzales
Legislative Director

Transportation

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

David Heitlinger
Staff Assistant; Legislative Correspondent

Urban Affairs

Deborah Haynie
Senior Legislative Assistant

Veterans

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Welfare

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Women

Justin Brower
Legislative Assistant

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Dutch Ruppersberger
Votes: 194,088
Percent: 65.68%
Nancy Jacobs
Votes: 92,071
Percent: 31.16%
2012 PRIMARY
Dutch Ruppersberger
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Dutch Ruppersberger
Votes: 134,133
Percent: 64.21%
Marcelo Cardarelli
Votes: 69,523
Percent: 33.28%
2010 PRIMARY
Dutch Ruppersberger
Votes: 42,262
Percent: 74.04%
Raymond Atkins
Votes: 7,405
Percent: 12.97%
Jeff Morris
Votes: 3,841
Percent: 6.73%
Christopher Boardman
Votes: 3,575
Percent: 6.26%
2008 GENERAL
Dutch Ruppersberger
Votes: 198,578
Percent: 71.86%
Richard Matthews
Votes: 68,561
Percent: 24.81%
2008 PRIMARY
Dutch Ruppersberger
Votes: 60,632
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (64%), 2008 (72%), 2006 (69%), 2004 (67%), 2002 (54%)

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