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Rep. A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representative for Maryland’s 2nd District

pronounced duch // ROO-perz-ber-ger

Ruppersberger is the representative for Maryland’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 7, 2003. Ruppersberger is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 77 years old.

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Ruppersberger proposed $36 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2024, including:

  • $10 million to Pikesville Armory Foundation - EIN: 85-4196251 for “Pikesville Armory Redevelopment”
  • $6 million to Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Inc. for “The Wound Center at GBMC”
  • $3.3 million to Morgan State University for “Equipment for the Center for Education and Research in Microelectronics”

These are earmark requests which may or may not survive the legislative process to becoming law. Most representatives from both parties requested earmarks for fiscal year 2024. Across representatives who requested earmarks, the median total amount requested for this fiscal year was $39 million.

Earmarks are federal expenditures, tax benefits, or tariff benefits requested by a legislator for a specific entity. Rather than being distributed through a formula or competitive process administered by the executive branch, earmarks may direct spending where it is most needed for the legislator's district. All earmark requests in the House of Representatives are published online for the public to review. We don’t have earmark requests for senators. The fiscal year begins on October 1 of the prior calendar year. Source: Background: Earmark Disclosure Rules in the House


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for Ruppersberger.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ruppersberger is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Ruppersberger has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Sep 22, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

A. Dutch Ruppersberger sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Ruppersberger was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Ruppersberger sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (64%) Taxation (18%) Agriculture and Food (18%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Ruppersberger recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Ruppersberger voted Yea

Ruppersberger voted Aye

Passed 245/176 on Jul 16, 2015.

The Western Water and American Food Security Act is a policy response to the current droughts in the west coast area. It would reduce federal …

Ruppersberger voted Aye

Passed 247/178 on Jun 16, 2015.

The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (IAA), H.R. 2596, was passed by the House on June 16. The IAA would authorize funding for …

Ruppersberger voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Ruppersberger voted Yea

Ruppersberger voted Aye

Ruppersberger voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Sep 2023, Ruppersberger missed 514 of 13,666 roll call votes, which is 3.8%. This is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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