Ruppersberger Committee Assignments 113th

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House Appropriations Committee

In 2015, Congressman Ruppersberger resumed his post on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for writing the laws that fund the federal government's many responsibilities. Congressman Ruppersberger serves on both the Defense and the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs subcommittees.

These assignments are ideal match-ups for the Second District, which is home to Fort Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay, NSA, the Federal Cyber Command and many intelligence and defense agencies and contractors that employ hundreds of thousands of Marylanders. Congressman Ruppersberger's district is the cybersecurity capital of the world.

On the Committee, Congressman Ruppersberger is focused on supporting services and investments critical to American families, defeating divisive ideological policy riders and preventing another government shutdown. In a difficult economy, Congressman Ruppersberger believes we have to do more with less, and thinks that job creation, rebuilding our nation's infrastructure, education and keeping our nation safe and secure should be our top funding priorities.

Upon resuming his post on the committee, Congressman Ruppersberger said he believes that Appropriators, "share a tremendous responsibility to allocate precious tax dollars as efficiently as possible. This is a responsibility I take seriously.”

Previous Assignment: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Congressman Ruppersberger was the first Democratic freshman ever to be appointed to the House Select Committee on Intelligence. The committee oversees the collection and analysis of intelligence information from all around the world to ensure our national security and prevent potential crisis situations — especially terrorist activity. 

Congressman Ruppersberger was named Ranking Member of the Intelligence Committee in 2011. As Ranking Member, Congressman Ruppersberger was the senior-most member from the minority party and placed him on the elite “Gang of Eight,” which refers to the four top 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 on our country’s most secret intelligence activities to maintain proper oversight.

It is important for the nation to have a robust intelligence capability and to have an effective oversight process to ensure that intelligence resources are not misused. Intelligence operations and law enforcement activities are governed by laws which are not in all cases the same. Ensuring that these laws are followed is a key component of Congress' oversight responsibilities and was the primary reason for the creation of the congressional intelligence committees. The sensitive nature of intelligence requires that its budget receive extra Congressional scrutiny.

Congressman Ruppersberger previously chaired the Technical and Tactical Intelligence Subcommittee, overseeing the country’s space program, cybersecurity and signal intelligence agencies– for four years. He also serverd on the Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis, and Counterintelligence Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

Other Previous Committee Assignments

Armed Services Committee
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 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 liberal–conservative 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. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

A. Dutch Ruppersberger sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Ruppersberger was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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:

Taxation (36%)Public Lands and Natural Resources (27%)Armed Forces and National Security (18%)Health (18%)

Recent Bills

Some of Ruppersberger’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Ruppersberger’s VoteVote Description
Aye H.Res. 937: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill (S. 2943) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for military activities of the Department ...
Dec 1, 2016. Passed 277/139.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Aye H.R. 2596: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Jun 16, 2015. Passed 247/178.
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 intelligence-related agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was passed ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Yea H.R. 622: State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015
Apr 16, 2015. Passed 272/152.
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Yea H.R. 4745 (113th): Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015
Jun 10, 2014. Passed 229/192.
Yea H.R. 2354 (112th): Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
Jul 15, 2011. Passed 219/196.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay H.R. 4154 (111th): Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers, and Small Businesses Act of 2009
Dec 3, 2009. Passed 225/200.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Mar 2018, Ruppersberger missed 471 of 10,912 roll call votes, which is 4.3%. This is worse than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2003 Jan-Mar9400.0%0th
2003 Apr-Jun23900.0%0th
2003 Jul-Sep19342.1%56th
2003 Oct-Dec151117.3%76th
2004 Jan-Mar10411.0%20th
2004 Apr-Jun22194.1%66th
2004 Jul-Sep16110.6%19th
2004 Oct-Dec58610.3%82nd
2005 Jan-Mar9055.6%71st
2005 Apr-Jun27220.7%29th
2005 Jul-Sep14632.1%53rd
2005 Oct-Dec16300.0%0th
2006 Jan-Mar811518.5%96th
2006 Apr-Jun27672.5%59th
2006 Jul-Sep15931.9%49th
2006 Nov-Dec2700.0%0th
2007 Jan-Mar21362.8%65th
2007 Apr-Jun39371.8%58th
2007 Jul-Sep31761.9%53rd
2007 Oct-Dec263166.1%76th
2008 Jan-Mar1494530.2%99th
2008 Apr-Jun321154.7%71st
2008 Jul-Sep20531.5%33rd
2008 Oct-Dec1500.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar17442.3%51st
2009 Apr-Jun3034414.5%97th
2009 Jul-Sep26851.9%55th
2009 Oct-Dec24610.4%12th
2010 Jan-Mar19531.5%31st
2010 Apr-Jun2193114.2%94th
2010 Jul-Sep15132.0%50th
2010 Nov-Dec9911.0%21st
2011 Jan-Mar21231.4%57th
2011 Apr-Jun28162.1%67th
2011 Jul-Sep24731.2%43rd
2011 Oct-Dec2082210.6%94th
2012 Jan-Mar151127.9%88th
2012 Apr-Jun29972.3%61st
2012 Jul-Sep1521711.2%92nd
2012 Nov-Dec5147.8%78th
2013 Jan-Jan500.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar8933.4%67th
2013 Apr-Jun21541.9%52nd
2013 Jul-Sep200115.5%84th
2013 Oct-Dec13753.6%70th
2014 Jan-Mar1483120.9%98th
2014 Apr-Jun219135.9%78th
2014 Jul-Sep14721.4%49th
2014 Nov-Dec4900.0%0th
2015 Jan-Mar14400.0%0th
2015 Apr-Jun24400.0%0th
2015 Jul-Sep13900.0%0th
2015 Oct-Dec1775128.8%99th
2016 Jan-Mar13700.0%0th
2016 Apr-Jun20410.5%19th
2016 Jul-Sep23273.0%77th
2016 Nov-Dec4800.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar20810.5%23rd
2017 Apr-Jun13600.0%0th
2017 Jul-Sep19931.5%63rd
2017 Oct-Dec16763.6%71st
2018 Jan-Mar10122.0%45th

Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:

A. Dutch Ruppersberger is pronounced:

duch // ROO-perz-ber-ger

The letters stand for sounds according to the following table:

LetterSounds As In
B bbat
CH chchin
D dday
ER erher
G gget
OO oosoon
P ppen
R rrag
U ucup
Z zzebra

Capital letters indicate a stressed syllable.

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