At a Glance
- Career History: Executive, Baltimore County (1994-2002); Council Member, Baltimore County (1985-1994); attorney and partner, Ruppersberger, Clark and Mister (1980-1994); Assistant State's Attorney, Baltimore County (1972-1980)
- Birthday: Jan. 31, 1946
- Hometown: Cockeysville, Md.
- Alma Mater: University of Maryland B.S., 1967; University of Baltimore Law School, J.D., 1970
- Spouse: Kay
- Religion: Methodist
- Committees: Ranking member, House Permanent Select Committtee on Intelligence (since January 2011)
Path to Power
Born as Charles Albert Ruppersberger in 1946, "Dutch" grew up in a Baltimore rowhouse with a nickname that harkened back to the big head of blond hair with which he was born. That nickname would later become an official part of his name.
He attended Baltimore City College and the University of Maryland-College Park for his undergraduate education, before finishing in 19709 at University of Baltimore School of Law. Ruppersberger joined the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office in 1972, where he worked for nine years.
Ruppersberger said his greatest legislative accomplishment is creating Operation Hero Miles in 2003, which allows soldiers on leave to use donated frequent-flyer miles to return home. In 2003, the campaign collected more than 540 million miles and the following year Congress made the program permanent.,
In 2007, Ruppersberger was part of a group of pro-gun rights Democrats who blocked provisions allowing federal law enforcement officials to trace firearms sales.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) helped convince Ruppersberger to run for Congress in 2002. Upon taking the title of majority leader after the 2006 election, Hoyer relinquished his Appropriations Committee seat to Ruppersberger. Ruppersberger is also close with other members of the Maryland delegation.