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Dutch Ruppersberger (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. House, representing Maryland's 2nd Congressional District. He assumed office on January 7, 2003. His current term ends on January 3, 2021.

Ruppersberger (Democratic Party) is running for re-election to the U.S. House to represent Maryland's 2nd Congressional District. He is on the ballot in the Democratic primary on June 2, 2020.

Prior to joining Congress, Ruppersberger served as Maryland's Assistant State Attorney, on the Baltimore City Council, and as Baltimore County Executive.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Ruppersberger is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Ruppersberger was born in 1946 in Baltimore, MD. After attending Baltimore City College, he earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1970. Prior to his political career, Ruppersberger worked as an attorney.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Ruppersberger's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 2003-Present: U.S. Representative from Maryland's 2nd Congressional District
  • 1994-2002: Baltimore County Executive
  • 1985-1994: Baltimore City Council
  • 1972-1980: Assistant Maryland State Attorney

Education

  • JD, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1970
  • BS, University of Maryland at College Park, 1967
  • Gradated, Baltimore City College, 1963

Professional Experience

  • JD, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1970
  • BS, University of Maryland at College Park, 1967
  • Gradated, Baltimore City College, 1963
  • Former Chief of Investigation, Baltimore County State Attorney's Office
  • Former Lifeguard, Ocean City, Maryland
  • Partner, Ruppersberger, Clark, and Mister, 1980-1994
  • Assistant State Attorney, Baltimore County, 1972-1980

Political Experience

  • JD, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1970
  • BS, University of Maryland at College Park, 1967
  • Gradated, Baltimore City College, 1963
  • Former Chief of Investigation, Baltimore County State Attorney's Office
  • Former Lifeguard, Ocean City, Maryland
  • Partner, Ruppersberger, Clark, and Mister, 1980-1994
  • Assistant State Attorney, Baltimore County, 1972-1980
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 2, 2002-present
  • Senior Whip, Democratic Party, United States House of Representatives, present
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 2, 2020
  • County Executive, Baltimore County, 1994-2002
  • Member/Chair, Baltimore City Council, 1985-1993
  • Candidate, Maryland State Senate, 1978

Former Committees/Caucuses

Co-Chair, Congressional Port Security Caucus, present

Former Ranking Member, Intelligence Committee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Appropriations

Member, Subcommittee on Defense

Member, Subcommittee on Homeland Security

Member, Subcommittee on Legislative Branch

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1970
  • BS, University of Maryland at College Park, 1967
  • Gradated, Baltimore City College, 1963
  • Former Chief of Investigation, Baltimore County State Attorney's Office
  • Former Lifeguard, Ocean City, Maryland
  • Partner, Ruppersberger, Clark, and Mister, 1980-1994
  • Assistant State Attorney, Baltimore County, 1972-1980
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 2, 2002-present
  • Senior Whip, Democratic Party, United States House of Representatives, present
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 2, 2020
  • County Executive, Baltimore County, 1994-2002
  • Member/Chair, Baltimore City Council, 1985-1993
  • Candidate, Maryland State Senate, 1978
  • Vice Chair, Board of Visitors, University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, present
  • Former Member, Armed Services Committee, United States House of Representatives
  • Former Chair, Baltimore Metropolitan Council
  • Former Member, Board of Visitors, United States Naval Academy
  • EAGB Director Emeritus/Founding Member, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore
  • Former Member, Government Reform Committee, United States House of Representatives
  • Former President, Maryland Association of Counties
  • Former Advisor, National College of District Attorneys
  • Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1996, 2000

Other Info

Astrological Sign:

Aquarius

— Awards:

  • Ranking Member, House of Representatives, 2011

Favorite Quote:

You shouldn't be in politics if you don't want to help people.

Names of Grandchildren:

Camden, Parker and Libby

Priority Issues:

Healthy Neighborhoods, Quality Education, Public Safety, A Clean Environment, A Thriving Economy

Elections

2020

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General election
General election for U.S. House Maryland District 2

The general election will occur on November 3, 2020. General election candidates will be added here following the primary.

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Jeff Northcott (Unaffiliated)

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. House Maryland District 2

Incumbent Dutch Ruppersberger, Michael Feldman, and Jake Pretot are running in the Democratic primary for U.S. House Maryland District 2 on June 2, 2020.

Dutch Ruppersberger (D)

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Michael Feldman (D)

Jake Pretot (D)

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. House Maryland District 2

The following candidates are running in the Republican primary for U.S. House Maryland District 2 on June 2, 2020.

Scott M. Collier (R)

Tim Fazenbaker (R)

Rick Impallaria (R)

Genevieve Morris (R)

Johnny Ray Salling (R)

Jim Simpson (R)

Blaine Taylor (R)

2018


General election
General election for U.S. House Maryland District 2

Incumbent Dutch Ruppersberger (D) defeated Elizabeth Matory (R), Michael Carney (L), and Guy Mimoun (G) in the general election for U.S. House Maryland District 2 on November 6, 2018.

Dutch Ruppersberger (D)
66.0%
167,201 Votes

Elizabeth Matory (R)
30.7%
77,782 Votes

Michael Carney (L)
2.1%
5,215 Votes

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Guy Mimoun (G)
1.1%
2,904 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.1%
200 Votes

Total votes: 253,302
(100.00% precincts reporting)

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. House Maryland District 2

Incumbent Dutch Ruppersberger defeated Jake Pretot in the Democratic primary for U.S. House Maryland District 2 on June 26, 2018.

Dutch Ruppersberger (D)
78.1%
47,776 Votes

Jake Pretot (D)
21.9%
13,405 Votes

Total votes: 61,181

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. House Maryland District 2

Elizabeth Matory defeated Mark Shell, Mitchell Toland Jr., and Hubert Owens Jr. in the Republican primary for U.S. House Maryland District 2 on June 26, 2018.

Elizabeth Matory (R)
42.0%
7,426 Votes

Mark Shell (R)
23.6%
4,171 Votes

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Mitchell Toland Jr. (R)
17.3%
3,061 Votes

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Hubert Owens Jr. (R)
17.1%
3,017 Votes

Total votes: 17,675


2016

rated this race as safely Democratic. Incumbent Dutch Ruppersberger (D) defeated Pat McDonough (R) and Kristin Kasprzak (L) in the general election on November 8, 2016. Ruppersberger was unchallenged in the Democratic primary, while McDonough defeated Bill Heine, Carl H. Magee, Jr., Yuripzy Morgan, and Mark Shell to win the Republican nomination. The primary elections took place on April 26, 2016.

U.S. House, Maryland District 2 General Election, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDutch Ruppersberger Incumbent 62.1% 192,183
Republican Pat McDonough 33.1% 102,577
Libertarian Kristin Kasprzak 4.6% 14,128
N/A Write-in 0.2% 592
Total Votes 309,480
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections

U.S. House, Maryland District 2 Republican Primary, 2016

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPat McDonough 71.4% 28,397
Carl Magee 10.6% 4,195
Bill Heine 8.1% 3,203
Yuripzy Morgan 5.7% 2,257
Mark Shell 4.3% 1,709
Total Votes 39,761
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections

2014

Ruppersberger ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014. Dutch Ruppersberger won the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Maryland District 2 General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngC.A. Dutch Ruppersberger Incumbent 61.3% 120,412
Republican David Banach 35.9% 70,411
Green Ian Schlakman 2.7% 5,326
Write-in Others 0.1% 205
Total Votes 196,354
Source: Maryland Secretary of State Official Results

He considered running for Governor of Maryland in 2014 but decided against it.

2012

Ruppersberger won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Maryland's 2nd District. On March 30, 2012, the 2nd District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts due to redistricting. Ruppersberger ran as a Democrat and defeated Maryland state senator Nancy Jacobs in the November general election.

U.S. House, Maryland District 2 General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDutch Ruppersberger Incumbent 65.6% 194,088
Republican Nancy Jacobs 31.1% 92,071
Libertarian Leo Dymowski 3.2% 9,344
Republican Ray Bly (Write-in) 0% 22
N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 415
Total Votes 295,940
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Ruppersberger ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on April 3, 2012.

Policy Positions

Maryland Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Abortion

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Budget

1. Other or expanded principles
- While balancing the budget is a laudable end-game goal, we must first replace sequestration once and for all and take a hard look at our budget priorities.

2. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

3. In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
- Yes

Education

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- Yes

Energy & Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Yes

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

3. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Guns

1. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Health Care

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Economy

1. Other or expanded principles
- In certain areas - like transportation infrastructure - strategic spending can promote economic growth. We need to offer tax incentives for businesses to conduct research and development, purchase equipment and hire new employees.

2. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

3. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

Immigration

1. Other or expanded principles
- I support other requirements, such as going to the back of the line, paying back taxes and learning English.

2. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- No

3. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

Marijuana

1. Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- I support legalization for medicinal purposes and I support each state's right to legalize for recreational purposes if there is enough support from its citizens.

National Security

1. Other or expanded principles
- We should use military force only if it's necessary to protect American lives. Boots on the ground should be a last resort after all diplomatic efforts have been exhausted.

2. Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
- Yes

3. Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
- Yes

Administrative Priorities

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- The issues that matter most are rebuilding the middle class, protecting the homeland against emerging threats including nuclear proliferation and cyber attacks, and ensuring all American children have access to a quality education.

Endorsements
Ruppersberger was endorsed by LEAP Forward.
Clean Water Action Maryland: A group that is "a top advocate for the preservation and protection of the Chesapeake Bay."
National Association of Social Workers: An organization consisting of "nearly 150,000 professional social workers."
Speeches