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Phone: 202-225-3061

Address: 2416 RHOB, DC 20515

Websites: dutch.house.gov
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Phone: (410) 628-2701

Address: 375 West Padonia Road, Timonium MD 21093-2130

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Dutch Ruppersberger Biography
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  • Elected: 2002, 6th term.
  • District: Maryland 2
  • Born: Jan. 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.

  • Political Career:

    Baltimore Cnty. Cncl. 1986-94; Baltimore Cnty. exec., 1994-2002.

  • 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. Read More

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.

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Dutch Ruppersberger Election Results
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2012 General
Dutch Ruppersberger (D)
Votes: 194,088
Percent: 65.68%
Nancy Jacobs (R)
Votes: 92,071
Percent: 31.16%
Leo Dymoski (Lib)
Votes: 9,344
Percent: 3.16%
2012 Primary
Dutch Ruppersberger (D)
Votes: 26,465
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (64%), 2008 (72%), 2006 (69%), 2004 (67%), 2002 (54%)
Dutch Ruppersberger Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 71 (L) : 29 (C) 65 (L) : 34 (C) 67 (L) : 33 (C)
Social 66 (L) : 32 (C) 64 (L) : 35 (C) 63 (L) : 37 (C)
Foreign 58 (L) : 42 (C) 60 (L) : 39 (C) 61 (L) : 38 (C)
Composite 65.3 (L) : 34.7 (C) 63.5 (L) : 36.5 (C) 63.8 (L) : 36.2 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC016
LCV8971
CFG118
ITIC-73
NTU714
20112012
COC44-
ACLU-76
ACU48
ADA8055
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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