World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article
 

Dutch Ruppersberger

Dutch Ruppersberger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Preceded by Bob Ehrlich
Personal details
Born Charles Albert Ruppersberger III
(1946-01-31) January 31, 1946
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kay Ruppersberger
Children Cory
Jill
Alma mater University of Maryland, College
Park

University of Baltimore
Religion Methodism

Charles Albert "Dutch" Ruppersberger 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 to 2015.

The district covers parts of Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Harford County, Howard County and Baltimore City.

Contents

  • Early life, education and career 1
  • U.S. House of Representatives 2
    • Committee assignments 2.1
      • Previous 2.1.1
    • Party leadership 2.2
    • Shock Trauma 2.3
    • Operation Hero Miles 2.4
    • CISPA 2.5
  • Political campaigns 3
  • Electoral history 4
  • Personal life 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

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.[1] Ruppersberger's legal first name is Dutch, 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.

Ruppersberger began his career as a 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, Ruppersberger was elected Baltimore County Executive.

U.S. House of Representatives

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

Committee assignments

Previous

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

Party leadership

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

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 on the United States Naval Academy Board of Visitors.

Operation Hero Miles

In one of his first acts in Washington in 2003, Congressman Ruppersberger created the national “Hero Miles” program to enable patriotic Americans to donate their frequent flyer miles to wounded warriors recovering at military or Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers as well as to friends and family visiting them. In 2012, he authored legislation expanding the program to enable Americans to also 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 Del (now State Comptroller) Peter Franchot (1999).

CISPA

Congressman Ruppersberger, along with Michigan Republican Mike Rogers, co-sponsored the

Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Hayden
Executive of Baltimore County
1994–2002
Succeeded by
James Smith
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bob Ehrlich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 2nd congressional district

2003–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mike Rogers
United States Representatives by seniority
132nd
Succeeded by
Tim Ryan

External links

  • Official Congressional biography of Ruppersberger
  1. ^ "dutch ruppersberger". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  2. ^ "'"Ruppersberger Receives Medal For 'Operation Hero Miles.  
  3. ^ "House to take up cybersecurity bill with revisions". Reuters. April 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ "H.R. 624 - Letters of Support | The Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence". Intelligence.house.gov. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll192.xml
  7. ^ [2] Archived April 22, 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Maryland Democrats redraw the congressional district map".  
  9. ^ "Ruppersberger considering run for Governor".  
  10. ^ "Congressman Ruppersberger Decides Against Run For Governor". www.wbal.com. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Biography (2011-10-25). "Biography - Congressman Ruppersberger". Dutch.house.gov. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 

References

See also

Ruppersberger married his high school sweetheart in 1971 and has two grown children, Cory and Jill, and three grandchildren.[11]

Personal life

Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1994 Baltimore County Executive General Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1998 Baltimore County Executive General Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 166,482 70.47 John J. Bishop Republican 69,449 29.4
2002 Maryland's 2nd congressional district General Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 105,718 54.16 Helen Delich Bentley Republican 88,954 45.57
2004 Maryland's 2nd congressional district General Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 164,751 66.62 Jane Brooks Republican 75,812 30.66
2006 Maryland's 2nd congressional district General Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 135,818 69.21 Jimmy Mathis Republican 60,195 30.68
2008 Maryland's 2nd congressional district General Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 198,578 71.9 Richard Pryce Matthews Republican 68,561 24.8
2010 Maryland's 2nd congressional district General Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 134,133 64.21 Marcelo Cardarelli Republican 69,523 33.28
2012 Maryland's 2nd congressional district General Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 194,088 65.6 Nancy C. Jacobs Republican 92,071 31.1

Electoral history

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. It was an open secret that the district was drawn for Ruppersberger; local media called the new district "the Dutch district." An August 2011 editorial by The Washington Post describes 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. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, and installing C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat who still holds the job."[8] He defeated Republican opponent Helen Delich Bentley, who had represented the 2nd district from 1985 to 1995, with 55 percent of the vote. Ruppersberger has never faced another contest even that close and has been reelected five times. On April 10, 2013, the Baltimore Sun reported that Ruppersberger was considering a run for governor of Maryland in 2014.[9] In January of 2014, Ruppersberger announced that he would not run for Governor, but instead would seek reelection to the House of Representatives.[10]

Political campaigns

[7] It was reintroduced into the House on February 13, 2013, and passed on April 18, 2013, by a bipartisan vote of 288-127. Ninety-two Democrats supported the bill, many citing significant privacy improvements over the 2012 version. [6] CISPA passed the House of Representatives on April 26, 2012.[5] 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.[4]

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.