Dutch Ruppersberger


Dutch Ruppersberger
C. A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 2nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Preceded by Robert Ehrlich
Personal details
Born January 31, 1946 (1946-01-31) (age 65)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kay Ruppersberger
Children Cory Ruppersberger
Jill Ruppersberger
Residence Cockeysville, Maryland
Alma mater University of Maryland, College Park, University of Baltimore
Occupation attorney
Religion Methodist

Charles Albert "Dutch" Ruppersberger III (born January 31, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

The district covers parts of Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Harford County and Baltimore City, including Dundalk, Towson and Severn.

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Early life, education and career

Ruppersberger attended Baltimore City College and the University of Maryland, College Park, where he played varsity lacrosse. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

In 1975, Ruppersberger was involved in a near-fatal car accident while investigating a drug trafficking case.[citation needed] He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Visitors at the University of Maryland hospital where he was treated.[citation needed]

Ruppersberger began his career as a Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney. He was soon promoted to the Chief of the State's Attorney Office Investigative Division, pursuing organized crime, political corruption, and drug trafficking. He was elected to the Baltimore County Council in 1985 and was twice chosen as council chairman.[citation needed]

In December 1994 and again in 1998, Ruppersberger was elected Baltimore County Executive.

U.S. House of Representatives

Congressman Ruppersberger calls on Congress to create a cabinet level intelligence director on August 3, 2004.

Committee assignments

Party leadership

  • Assistant Whip

Ruppersberger was the first Democratic freshman ever to be appointed to the House Select Committee on Intelligence.

As the ranking Democratic member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Ruppersberger is a member of the Gang of Eight, a group of the Congressional leaders whom the President is required to keep informed about national intelligence activities.

Philippines visit

On August 25, 2007, Ruppersberger joined Rep. Silvestre Reyes, chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Armed Services Committee, and four other members of Congress visited American troops deployed in the southern Philippines to overview the US-Philippines relationship. They drove to the base of the Joint Special Operation Task Force Philippines (JSOTFP), a US-led body, which trains Filipino soldiers against terror, in Barangay Upper Calarian.[1]

Operations Hero Miles

Ruppersberger created the "Operation Hero Miles" program, which encourages people to donate unused frequent flyer miles to U.S. armed forces personnel and families.[2] He won a Charles Dick Medal of Merit for this initiative.[2]

Political campaigns

Barred from a third term as County Executive, Ruppersberger opted to run for Congress in 2002 after 2nd District Congressman Bob Ehrlich made what turned out to be a successful run for governor. The Maryland General Assembly significantly altered the 2nd by shifting most of its share of Harford County to the 1st and 6th Districts. In its place, the legislature added a heavily Democratic portion of Baltimore City that had previously been in the 1st District. This turned the 2nd from a swing district into a strongly Democratic district. It was an open secret that the district was drawn for Ruppersberger; local media called the new district "the Dutch district." An August 2011 editorial by The Washington Post describes the 2nd district as "curlicue territories strung together by impossibly delicate tendrils of land" and "a crazy-quilt confection drawn for the express purpose of ousting the incumbent at the time, Rep. (and later Gov.) Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, and installing C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat who still holds the job."[3] He defeated Republican opponent Helen Delich Bentley, who had represented the 2nd district from 1985 to 1995, with 55 percent of the vote. Ruppersberger has never faced another contest even that close, and has been reelected four times.

Electoral history

Year Office Election Subject Party Votes  % Opponent Party Votes  %
1994 Baltimore County Executive General Charles Albert Ruppersberger, III Democratic N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1998 Baltimore County Executive General Charles Albert Ruppersberger, III Democratic 166,482 70.47 John J. Bishop Republican 69,449 29.4
2002 Maryland's 2nd congressional district General Charles Albert Ruppersberger, III Democratic 105,718 54.16 Helen Delich Bentley Republican 88,954 45.57
2004 Maryland's 2nd congressional district General Charles Albert Ruppersberger, III Democratic 164,751 66.62 Jane Brooks Republican 75,812 30.66
2006 Maryland's 2nd congressional district General Charles Albert Ruppersberger, III Democratic 135,818 69.21 Jimmy Mathis Republican 60,195 30.68
2008 Maryland's 2nd congressional district General Charles Albert Ruppersberger, III Democratic 198,578 71.9 Richard Pryce Matthews Republican 68,561 24.8
2010 Maryland's 2nd congressional district General Charles Albert Ruppersberger, III Democratic 134,133 64.21 Marcelo Cardarelli Republican 69,523 33.28

Personal life

Ruppersberger married in 1971 and has two grown children, Cory and Jill.[4]

References

External links

Political offices
Preceded by
Roger B. Hayden
Baltimore County Executive
1994 – 2002
Succeeded by
James T. Smith
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Ehrlich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 2nd congressional district

2003–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Mike D. Rogers
R-Alabama
United States Representatives by seniority
220th
Succeeded by
Tim Ryan
D-Ohio



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