C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

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C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger ()
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Committees: House Committee on Appropriations, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Charles Albert "Dutch" Ruppersberger III has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 2nd district of the Maryland, since 2003. Ruppersberger was the first Democratic freshman ever to be appointed to the House Select Committee on Intelligence. He was also named an Assistant Whip.


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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Voting Record on Immigration
Title of Bill Date of Bill Bill Number Voted Description
Undocumented Immigrants' Ineligibility for Certain Financial Assistance May 8, 2008 H.AMDT 1045 Yes Amendment to Bill H.R.5818 saying that illegal immigrants will not be eligible for financial assistance. [1]
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations June 15, 2007 HR 2638 Yes A bill that would give the Department of Homeland Security 40 billion dollars for 2008. [2]
Secure Fence Act September 14, 2006 HR 6061 Yes The United States will have constant surveillance on its borders by both land and sea through new technology such as ground sensors and vehicles continuously patrolling the area. There will be a fence stretching over 700 miles along the Southwest border as America tries to increase security presence. [3] </td>
Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments May 20, 2004 HR 3722 No Bill that would require hospitals to report treatment to illegal immigrants and the hospital would have to reimburse the cost of their treatment unless it fit certain criteria. Bill was not approved. [4]



Ruppersberger was born January 31, 1946. He attended Baltimore City College and the University of Maryland, College Park, where he played varsity lacrosse. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore Law School.

Ruppersberger began his career in public service as a Baltimore County, Maryland Assistant State's Attorney. He was promoted to 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.

In 1975, Ruppersberger's political career was spurred after a near-fatal car accident while investigating a drug trafficking case. With luck and the dedication of doctors at the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma center, he survived. After recovering, the young State's Attorney decided to run for public office to help others and to repay Shock Trauma for saving his life. Today, he remains an active supporter of the hospital, serving as Vice Chairman of the hospital's Board of Visitors.

Congressional Career

In December 1994 and again in 1998, Ruppersberger was elected Baltimore County Executive, serving until 2002 when he chose to run for the House of Representatives. He was first elected to the House in 2002.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated James Dunn Mathis to face Ruppersberger in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [5] Ruppersberger retained his seat.

Positions and Views

Ruppersberger's campaign promises included creating jobs and rebuilding the economy in Maryland and across the country. He also aims to improve health care and to aide senior citizens by providing quality, affordable and accessible healthcare and prescription drugs. The Congressman considers one of his highest priorities to improve the security of the United States and to direct fiscal energies towards "first responders", such as the police and fire departments.

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Mantech International$ 20,400
SpaceX$ 16,400
Law Offices of Peter G Angelos$ 12,500
Northrop Grumman$ 10,750
General Dynamics$ 10,500
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons$ 10,000
American Assn for Justice$ 10,000
American College of Emergency Physicians$ 10,000
American Federation of Teachers$ 10,000
BAE Systems$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Co-Chair, Congressional Port Security Caucus
  • Democratic Steering and Policy Committee

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Board of Visitors Vice Chair, University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2453 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3061 Fax: 202-225-3094
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District offices
  • 375 West Padonia Road, Suite 200 Timonium, MD 2093
    Ph: 410-628-2701 Fax: (none entered)
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