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

Residence: Cockeysville, MD
Elected: 2002    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Kay Murphy   DOB: 1/31/1946
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairCongressional Army Caucus
Co-ChairFriends of Egypt Caucus
Co-ChairMunicipal Finance Caucus
FC MemberGoods Movement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wire and Wire Products Caucus
FC MemberStrengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Congressional Caucus [SMART Caucus]
Co-ChairSpace Power Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Nordic Countries
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Defense
FC MemberCongressional HUBZone Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
FC MemberCongressional Savings and Ownership Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Range and Testing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Stop DUI Caucus
FC MemberHouse Special Operations Forces (SOF) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Horse Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pro-Sports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Adult Literacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Romania Caucus
FC MemberCongressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Unmanned Systems (UAV)
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional School Health and Safety Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
FC MemberCongressional Biotechnology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Peru
FC MemberDefense Communities Congressional Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberHurricane Irene Coalition
FC MemberFriends of Finland Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Dietary Supplement Caucus (CDSC)
FC MemberFood Allergy Research Caucus
FC MemberEMS Caucus (Emergency Medical Services)
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands
FC MemberVietnam Caucus
FC MemberCrime Survivors and Justice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Independent Colleges Caucus
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberUnited States Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkiye Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
FC MemberBrain Injury Task Force
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cybersecurity Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (House)
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberHouse Oceans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing
Anne Arundel / Baltimore City / Baltimore / Harford / Howard

Bio

Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger is serving his eleventh term in the United States House of Representatives for the citizens of Maryland's 2nd District, which includes much of Baltimore and Carroll Counties as well as part of Baltimore City.

Congressman Ruppersberger currently serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for allocating hundreds of billions of federal dollars each year. Congressman Ruppersberger serves on the Defense subcommittee, a good match for the Baltimore region, which is home to the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, U.S. Cyber Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground and other installations essential to the country's national security. He also serves on the Commerce, Justice and Science subcommittee.

Congressman Ruppersberger previously served a record 12 years on the House Intelligence Committee, including four as Ranking Member, during numerous high-profile national security moments including the capture of Osama bin Laden, the diplomatic attacks in Benghazi and the Edward Snowden leaks. He and then-Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Republican, became the first dual recipients of the prestigious William Oliver Baker Award from the nonpartisan Intelligence and National Security Alliance for their bipartisan and pragmatic leadership.

Congressman Ruppersberger has always prioritized the needs of our nation's veterans and their families. He is currently Chairman of the United States Naval Academy Board of Visitors and co-chair of the bipartisan House Army Caucus. In 2003, Congressman Ruppersberger created "Operation Hero Miles" after learning deployed troops were paying for connecting flights home out-of-pocket, enabling patriotic Americans to donate frequent flyer miles instead. Now operated by the nonprofit Fisher House, the program today provides airline tickets to wounded and ill service members or their families while undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center. To date, more than 3 billion miles have been donated. In 2011, Congressman Ruppersberger authored legislation creating a "Hotels for Heroes" offshoot that also allows Americans to donate hotel reward points for the same purposes.

Congressman Ruppersberger decided to run for office after a near-fatal car accident while he was working as an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore County. Thanks to the dedication of doctors at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Congressman Ruppersberger survived and began campaigning for office to support the healthcare system that saved his life. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of Shock Trauma's Board of Visitors.

Congressman Ruppersberger was first 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. In 2016, Congressman Ruppersberger leveraged his background in local government to create the bipartisan House Municipal Finance Caucus to advocate for the tools state and local governments need to fund community projects.

In all, Congressman Ruppersberger has served in public office for 38 years.

A native of Baltimore City, Congressman Ruppersberger spent his summers as a lifeguard and police officer in Ocean City, Maryland. 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 54 years to his high school sweetheart, the former Kay Murphy. Together they have two children and five grandchildren.