Current Position: US Representative for MD District 2 since 2003
Candidate: 2021 US Representative
Former Position: Baltimore County Executive from 1994 – 2002
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Dutch Ruppersberger unveils violence prevention bill
Government Website – August 16, 2021
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Defense Appropriator in the U.S. House of Representatives, today released the following statement on the situation in Afghanistan:
“President Biden made a difficult decision to move forward with U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan with the backing of the American people and keeping with the previous Administration’s negotiated May 1 deadline. Now, the immediate safety and security of all U.S. personnel on the ground in Afghanistan must be our number one priority and I support recent decisions by the President to deploy additional forces to Kabul to facilitate the safe departure of our teammates, including our allies and partners.
Although a Taliban advance in Afghanistan leading up to and following our departure was a well-stated possibility in many hearings and policy conversations in Washington over the last year, any amount of foresight and planning does not make their rapid advance across the country any less painful. Especially to those, many of whom I represent in Congress, who have deployed and fought for our American values in Afghanistan over the last 20 years and lost loved ones and dear friends. The country will never forget your sacrifice.
It is my expectation that Members of Congress will receive a briefing from the Administration to detail the circumstances surrounding the swift advance of the Taliban. Many questions will be asked at that time and in the days ahead of what we could have done better or planned for more vigorously. There is no question about the difficulty that lies ahead of us in ensuring we continue to support our allies and partners in the region. We must do everything in our power to protect those Afghans who are vulnerable under any Taliban regime – most importantly women and children – and we must continue to expeditiously relocate those who have assisted U.S. efforts.”
Source: Government page
The assignment comes after a committee-record 12 years serving on the House Intelligence Committee, including four as Ranking Member. Congressman Ruppersberger was the first Democratic freshman ever appointed to the committee, which oversees the collection and analysis of intelligence from around the world to ensure our national security and prevent potential crisis situations — especially terrorist activity. He traveled to more than 50 countries including Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, China and Venezuela during his time on the committee.
On the committee, he developed a reputation for bipartisan leadership with then-Chairman and Republican Mike Rogers. Beginning in 2011, the pair worked together to pass five intelligence authorization bills over four years — after a 6-year period without one — as well as bipartisan cybersecurity legislation. In 2015, they became the first dual recipients of the prestigious William Oliver Baker Award from the nonpartisan Intelligence and National Security Alliance for their pragmatic leadership.
Congressman Ruppersberger previously served on the House Government Reform and House Armed Services Committees, where he worked to help keep our country safe and make sure our veterans at home, as well as our warfighters on the frontlines, have the resources they need.
Maryland’s 2nd District includes parts of Baltimore City as well as Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard Counties. It is a vital center of trade and commerce for the state and national economy and includes the Port of Baltimore and the hundreds of businesses and manufacturing concerns dependent on it. The 2nd District is also home to the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, federal Cyber Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay and other installations essential to the country’s national security.
Creating jobs and improving Maryland’s economy is one of Congressman Ruppersberger’s top priorities. He is working hard to help middle-class Marylanders achieve more than just making ends meet. The Congressman is also fighting to keep our country safe and get our first responders the funds they need to protect our communities and our families.
A former assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore County, Congressman 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, Congressman 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 also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Visitors at the United States Naval Academy.
Congressman Ruppersberger has served in public office for more than 34 years. He was elected to the Baltimore County Council in 1985 and again in 1989, chosen twice as council chairman. He was elected Baltimore County Executive in 1994 and 1998, and, under his leadership, the county was named one of the nation’s four best-managed counties by Governing Magazine. The county achieved three AAA bond ratings and staggering job growth during his administration.
A native of Baltimore City, Congressman Ruppersberger spent his summers as a lifeguard and police officer in Ocean City, Md. He attended Baltimore City College and the University of Maryland College Park, where he played lacrosse. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore Law School.
The Congressman has been married for 50 years to his high school sweetheart, the former Kay Murphy. Together they have two grown children and five grandchildren.
- Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
- United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus
- U.S.-Japan Caucus
Charles Albert “Dutch” Ruppersberger III (// ROOP-ərs-berg-ər; born January 31, 1946) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Maryland’s 2nd congressional district since 2003. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as an assistant state attorney of Maryland from 1972 to 1980, a Baltimore County councilman from 1985 to 1994, and the Baltimore County Executive from 1994 until 2002. He was the ranking member of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from 2011 to 2015.
Early life, education and career
Ruppersberger was born in Baltimore, the son of Margaret “Peggy” (née Wilson) and Charles Albert “Al” Ruppersberger, Jr. He is of part German descent. 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.
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 1994 and again in 1998, he was elected Baltimore County Executive.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on Appropriations
- Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (Ranking Member, 113th and 114th Congresses)
- Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
- United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus
- U.S.-Japan Caucus
Ruppersberger was the first Democrat freshman 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 U.S. 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.
Ruppersberger decided to run for office after a near-fatal car accident while investigating a drug trafficking case. Ruppersberger survived and began campaigning. He served as vice chairman on the board of visitors for the hospital which saved his life. He also serves on the United States Naval Academy Board of Visitors.
In September 2019, Ruppersberger was one of nine lawmakers who signed a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to reconsider a proposed rule change that would affect the number of Americans that qualified for SNAP, noting that it would be “Maryland’s most vulnerable residents, including children, seniors, and people with disabilities, who would suffer the painful consequences of unnecessary and preventable hunger.”
Operation Hero Miles
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. 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. Representative Beverly Byron (1992), State Senator John Astle (1993), U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (1994), U.S. Representative Roscoe Bartlett (1998) and State Delegate Peter Franchot (1999).
Ruppersberger is an advocate of municipal finance and tax-exempt municipal bonds. In 2013, he joined with U.S. Representative 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.” The two circulated a similar letter in 2015 and formed the Municipal Finance Caucus in 2016.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Ruppersberger, along with Republican Mike Rogers from Michigan, co-sponsored the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, designed to increase intelligence sharing between private cyber security firms and government agencies. 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. 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. CISPA passed the House of Representatives on April 26, 2012. 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.
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.
Following President Trump launching an airstrike on Syria in April 2017, Ruppersberger expressed hope that “Russia and Iran stand by the international community in condemning Assad’s use of chemical weapons and cooperate in finding an appropriate way forward” and that the United States needed “a larger, thoughtful strategy to address the situation in Syria, including the defeat of ISIS.”
In October 2019, Ruppersberger commented that he was concerned “about the instability now in the entire Middle East, and now we’re really helping to make Russia even stronger in the Middle East” and said that the United States was receiving comments from American troops expressing their concern and embarrassment over leaving behind the Kurds.
Yemeni civil war
In December 2018, The Young Turks reported that Ruppersberger, “one of five Democrats who joined the majority of House Republicans to block debate on the war in Yemen, had met with Saudi officials and foreign agents representing them on numerous occasions”.[unreliable source?]
In February 2019, Ruppersberger voted for Ro Khanna’s resolution which directs the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. Cosponsors
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 heavily Republican Harford County to the already Republican-leaning 1st and 6th districts, respectively based on the Eastern Shore and in Western Maryland. 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.
Prior to his congressional run, Ruppersberger legally changed his name so that his lifelong nickname, “Dutch,” could appear on the ballot.
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.” 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. In January 2014, he announced that he would not run for governor, but instead would seek reelection to the House of Representatives.
Ruppersberger married his high school sweetheart in 1971 and has two grown children, Cory and Jill, and three grandchildren.
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Source: Government page
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 the Defense, Legislative Branch and the Homeland Security subcommittees. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for allocating hundreds of billions of federal dollars each year.
These assignments are ideal match-ups for the Second District, which is home to Fort Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground, NSA, the U.S. Cyber Command and many intelligence and defense agencies and contractors that employ hundreds of thousands of Marylanders. Congressman Ruppersberger considers his district 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.”
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