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Ruppersberger Committee Assignments Are

House Appropriations Committee

In 2015, Congressman Ruppersberger resumed his post on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for writing the laws that fund the federal government's many responsibilities. Congressman Ruppersberger serves on both the Defense and the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs subcommittees.

These assignments are ideal match-ups for the Second District, which is home to Fort Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay, NSA, the Federal Cyber Command and many intelligence and defense agencies and contractors that employ hundreds of thousands of Marylanders. Congressman Ruppersberger's district is the cybersecurity capital of the world.

On the Committee, Congressman Ruppersberger is focused on supporting services and investments critical to American families, defeating divisive ideological policy riders and preventing another government shutdown. In a difficult economy, Congressman Ruppersberger believes we have to do more with less, and thinks that job creation, rebuilding our nation's infrastructure, education and keeping our nation safe and secure should be our top funding priorities.

Upon resuming his post on the committee, Congressman Ruppersberger said he believes that Appropriators, "share a tremendous responsibility to allocate precious tax dollars as efficiently as possible. This is a responsibility I take seriously.”

Previous Assignment: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Congressman Ruppersberger was the first Democratic freshman ever to be appointed to the House Select Committee on Intelligence. The committee oversees the collection and analysis of intelligence information from all around the world to ensure our national security and prevent potential crisis situations — especially terrorist activity. 

Congressman Ruppersberger was named Ranking Member of the Intelligence Committee in 2011. As Ranking Member, Congressman Ruppersberger was the senior-most member from the minority party and placed him on the elite “Gang of Eight,” which refers to the four top members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees along with the Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, House Speaker and House Minority Leader. By law, the President must keep the Gang of Eight informed on our country’s most secret intelligence activities to maintain proper oversight.

It is important for the nation to have a robust intelligence capability and to have an effective oversight process to ensure that intelligence resources are not misused. Intelligence operations and law enforcement activities are governed by laws which are not in all cases the same. Ensuring that these laws are followed is a key component of Congress' oversight responsibilities and was the primary reason for the creation of the congressional intelligence committees. The sensitive nature of intelligence requires that its budget receive extra Congressional scrutiny.

Congressman Ruppersberger previously chaired the Technical and Tactical Intelligence Subcommittee, overseeing the country’s space program, cybersecurity and signal intelligence agencies– for four years. He also serverd on the Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis, and Counterintelligence Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

Other Previous Committee Assignments

Armed Services Committee
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Charles AlbertDutchRuppersberger 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 and served as Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from 2011-15. The district covers parts of Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Harford County, Howard County and Baltimore City.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Ruppersberger was born in Baltimore, the son of Margaret "Peggy" (née Wilson) and Charles Albert "Al" Ruppersberger, Jr. He is of part German descent.[1] His legal first name is Dutch,[citation needed] a nickname since childhood. He graduated from Baltimore City College and attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he played lacrosse. He earned his juris doctor (JD) from the University of Baltimore School of Law.[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 again in 1989, chosen twice as council chairman. In December 1994 and again in 1998, he was elected Baltimore County Executive.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]


Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (Ranking Member, 113th and 114th Congresses)

Party leadership[edit]

Ruppersberger was the first Democratic freshman ever to be appointed to the House Intelligence Committee. He was named to this committee because his district is home to the National Security Agency. From January 3, 2011 to January 3, 2015, he served as this committee's ranking Democrat. The position placed Ruppersberger on the elite “Gang of Eight”, which refers to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees along with the Senate majority leader, Senate minority leader, House speaker and House minority leader. By law, the president must keep the Gang of Eight informed of the country's most secret intelligence activities to maintain proper oversight.

Shock trauma[edit]

Ruppersberger decided to run for office after a near-fatal car accident while investigating a drug trafficking case. Thanks to the dedication of doctors at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Ruppersberger survived and began campaigning for office to assist shock trauma after they saved his life. He remains an active supporter of the hospital, serving as vice chairman of its board of visitors. He serves on the United States Naval Academy Board of Visitors.[citation needed]

Operation Hero Miles[edit]

In one of his first acts in Washington in 2003, Ruppersberger created the national “Hero Miles” program to allow Americans to donate their frequent flyer miles to wounded warriors recovering at military or Veterans Administration medical centers as well as to friends and family visiting them. In 2012, he authored legislation expanding the program to enable Americans to donate their hotel reward points to military families. Both the “Hero Miles” and “Hotels for Heroes” programs are administered by Fisher House, a nonprofit organization that opens its homes to military families visiting their injured loved ones at hospitals across the country.[2] He won a Charles Dick Medal of Merit in 2004 for this initiative, thus becoming the last Marylander to win this award, which was previously awarded to U.S. Rep. Beverly Byron (1992), State Senator John Astle (1993), U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (1994), U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (1998) and State Delegate (now State Comptroller) Peter Franchot (1999).

Municipal finance[edit]

Ruppersberger has been a strong advocate of municipal finance and tax-exempt municipal bonds. In 2013, he joined with Congressman Randy Hultgren in securing the signatures of 137 other House Republicans and Democrats in a letter to congressional leaders asking that they "reject any proposal to cap or eliminate the deduction on tax-exempt municipal bonds used to finance the vast majority of infrastructure projects in America’s communities."[3] The two circulated a similar letter in 2015[4] and formed the Municipal Finance Caucus in 2016.[5]


Ruppersberger, along with Michigan Republican Mike Rogers, co-sponsored the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, designed to increase intelligence sharing between private cyber security firms and government agencies.[6] More than 60 businesses and trade organizations submitted letters of support including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Time Warner, Verizon and AT&T, IBM and Intel.[7] Despite several amendments to address privacy concerns, some groups, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, have criticized the act for a lack of civil liberties protections, claiming that it authorizes government surveillance of private communications and allows companies to hand over large amounts of personal information on their clients without a warrant or judicial oversight, and thereby creates a cybersecurity loophole in existing privacy laws, such as the Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.[8] CISPA passed the House of Representatives on April 26, 2012.[9] It was reintroduced into the House on February 13, 2013, and passed on April 18, 2013, by a bipartisan vote of 288-127. Of the 92 Democrats who supported the bill, many of them cited significant privacy improvements over the 2012 version.[10]


On October 19, 2017 at the Emergent Biosolutions manufacturing facility in Maryland, Ruppersberger received the Congressional Biosecurity Champion Award from the Alliance for Biosecurity, a D.C.-based public-interest organization, for "his leadership and actions taken in Congress to improve U.S. national security, preparedness and response for biosecurity threats." He was one of eight Members of Congress that received the award.[11]

Political campaigns[edit]

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.[citation needed]

An August 2011 editorial by The Washington Post described 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. "Bob" Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, and installing C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat who still holds the job."[12] He defeated Republican opponent Helen Delich Bentley, who had represented the 2nd district from 1985 to 1995, with 55 percent of the vote. He has never faced another close contest since then and has been reelected seven times.

On April 10, 2013, the Baltimore Sun reported that Ruppersberger was considering a run for governor of Maryland in 2014.[13] In January 2014, he announced that he would not run for governor, but instead would seek reelection to the House of Representatives.[14]

Electoral history[edit]

YearOfficeElectionSubjectPartyVotes %OpponentPartyVotes %
1994Baltimore County ExecutiveGeneralDutch RuppersbergerDemocraticN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1998Baltimore County ExecutiveGeneralDutch RuppersbergerDemocratic166,48270.47John J. BishopRepublican69,44929.4
2002Maryland's 2nd congressional districtGeneralDutch RuppersbergerDemocratic105,71854.16Helen Delich BentleyRepublican88,95445.57
2004Maryland's 2nd congressional districtGeneralDutch RuppersbergerDemocratic164,75166.62Jane BrooksRepublican75,81230.66
2006Maryland's 2nd congressional districtGeneralDutch RuppersbergerDemocratic135,81869.21Jimmy MathisRepublican60,19530.68
2008Maryland's 2nd congressional districtGeneralDutch RuppersbergerDemocratic198,57871.9Richard Pryce MatthewsRepublican68,56124.8
2010Maryland's 2nd congressional districtGeneralDutch RuppersbergerDemocratic134,13364.21Marcelo CardarelliRepublican69,52333.28
2012Maryland's 2nd congressional districtGeneralDutch RuppersbergerDemocratic194,08865.6Nancy C. JacobsRepublican92,07131.1
2014Maryland's 2nd congressional districtGeneralDutch RuppersbergerDemocratic115,58661.3David BanachRepublican67,99536.0
2016Maryland's 2nd congressional districtGeneralDutch RuppersbergerDemocratic172.32462.2Patrick L. McDonoughRepublican92.09933.3

Personal life[edit]

Ruppersberger married his high school sweetheart in 1971 and has two grown children, Cory and Jill, and three grandchildren.[15]


  1. ^"dutch ruppersberger". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  2. ^"Ruppersberger Receives Medal For 'Operation Hero Miles'". WBAL-TV. Retrieved August 17, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^"Hultgren, Ruppersberger Lead Bipartisan Effort to Keep Municipal Bonds Tax-Exempt". Congressman Randy Hultgren. 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  4. ^"Hultgren, Ruppersberger Lead Bipartisan Effort to Protect Municipal Finance Tax Exemption". Congressman Randy Hultgren. 2015-04-15. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  5. ^"Ruppersberger, Hultgren Launch Bipartisan Caucus to Promote Investment in Local Communities". Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  6. ^"House to take up cybersecurity bill with revisions". Reuters. April 11, 2012. 
  7. ^"H.R. 624 - Letters of Support | The Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence". Intelligence.house.gov. Archived from the original on 2014-08-13. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  8. ^"CISPA is Back: FAQ on What it is and Why it's Still Dangerous | Electronic Frontier Foundation". Eff.org. 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  9. ^"FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 192"(XML). Clerk.house.gov. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  10. ^[1]Archived April 22, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^Riley, Kim (2017-10-23). "Alliance for Biosecurity hails Rep. Ruppersberger's champion efforts around bioterrorism prevention". Homeland Preparedness News. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  12. ^"Maryland Democrats redraw the congressional district map". The Washington Post. August 20, 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  13. ^"Ruppersberger considering run for Governor". The Baltimore Sun. April 10, 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  14. ^"Congressman Ruppersberger Decides Against Run For Governor". wbal.com. January 22, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  15. ^Staff (2011-10-25). "Biography - Congressman Ruppersberger". Dutch.house.gov. Archived from the original on 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 

External links[edit]

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

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