Dutch (Dutch) Ruppersberger, III (D-USH02)
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Capitol: 202.225.3061
FAX: 202.225.3094
District: 410.628.2701
Room 2206 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-2002

Residence: Cockeysville, MD
Elected: 2002    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Kay Murphy   DOB: 1/31/1946
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairCongressional Army Caucus
Co-ChairFriends of Egypt Caucus
Co-ChairMunicipal Finance Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Nordic Countries
FC MemberCongressional Romania Caucus
Co-ChairSpace Power Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Defense
FC MemberEMS Caucus (Emergency Medical Services)
FC MemberCongressional Range and Testing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wire and Wire Products Caucus
FC MemberGoods Movement Caucus
FC MemberHouse Special Operations Forces (SOF) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Savings and Ownership Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HUBZone Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Homeland Security
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Unmanned Systems (UAV)
FC MemberCongressional Horse Caucus
FC MemberStrengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Congressional Caucus [SMART Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Army Aviation Caucus
FC MemberDefense Communities Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Stop DUI Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus
FC MemberVietnam Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pro-Sports Caucus
FC MemberHurricane Irene Coalition
FC MemberFriends of Finland Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberCongressional Biotechnology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Adult Literacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Dietary Supplement Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional School Health and Safety Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands
FC MemberCongressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cybersecurity Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberUnited States Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberHouse Oceans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberCrime Survivors and Justice Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (House)
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberInvisible Wounds Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Independent Colleges Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
Counties Representing
Anne Arundel / Baltimore City / Baltimore / Harford / Howard


Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger is serving his ninth term in the United States House of Representatives for the citizens of Maryland's 2nd District. Congressman Ruppersberger is known as a common sense consensus builder who works with Members from both sides of the aisle to get results for Maryland and the nation.

Congressman Ruppersberger currently serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, including the Defense, the Legislative Branch and the Homeland Security subcommittees. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for allocating hundreds of billions of federal dollars each year.

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.