Candidate Profile
Dutch Ruppersberger III

Democrat , Maryland


Dutch Ruppersberger III
U.S. Rep., Dist. 2

Panel Rating*

Very Liberal Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.


Conservative Organizations

Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2018:  D
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  17%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  1%, 17% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  15% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  15% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  14%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  3%, 10% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  0%, 10% (cum.)
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  10%
Club for Growth, 2019:  12%, 9% (cum.)
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  17%, 9% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  0%, 8% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  6% (cum.)
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  4%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  1%
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  0%
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  0%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  0%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  0%
FRC Action, 2019:  0%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  0%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  0%
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  F
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  F



Liberal Organizations

Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  100%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  100%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  100%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  100%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  100%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  A
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  100% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  100%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  100%, 97% (cum.)
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  100%, 96% (cum.)
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  92%, 96% (cum.)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  91%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  94%, 88% (cum.)
Center for Freethought Equality, 2017-18:  83%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  83%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  79%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  77%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  75%
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  75%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  71%
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  67%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  40%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  0%




*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.


Human Rights Campaign, Maryland and DC AFL-CIO, *Newton Action Alliance, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Sierra Club, United Auto Workers


Humane Society Legislative Fund

Selected Contributions


Howard "Buck" McKeon (2019), Walter & Marjorie Buckley (2010)


Abby Finkenauer (2019), Abigail Spanberger (2019), ActBlue (2020), Andrew Romanoff (2014), Andy Kim (2019), Angie Craig (2019) and 73 more
ActBlue (2020), Airline Pilots Association (2018), Amalgamated Transit Union (2014), American Association for Justice (2019), American Federation of Government Employees (2018), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (2019) and 50 more







Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

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Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

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I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

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Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

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Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

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How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "The Congressman believes we need to modernize social security, but he does not believe social security should be privatized...The Congressman believes we should consider expanding tax credits for IRA’s or 401(k)s or layering personal investment accounts on top of the existing social security system. Congressman Ruppersberger believes the government should not divert people’s hard earned tax money away from the system and reduce people’s benefits."  Source

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

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Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

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Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

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Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

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I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

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What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

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It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

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I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

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How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

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National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

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What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "As Chairman of the Technical and Tactical Intelligence Subcommittee, I believe good intelligence is the best way to prevent terrorism."  Source


I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I support thoughtful comprehensive immigration reform and not an amnesty program. We must first work to prevent illegal immigration by securing our borders. We must also crack down on businesses who hire illegal immigrants at the expense of American workers. I support legislation to establish a rigorous process for children of illegal residents to qualify for in-state college tuition rates. I also believe that we cannot deport our way out of the problem: we should create a pathway to citizenship for some illegal immigrants who meet certain requirements. A pathway to citizenship should require immigrants to pay all back taxes, learn about their new country and pass a citizenship test."  Source

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

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State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

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Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

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Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

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Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

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I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

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Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

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Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

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Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

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2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

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Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

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I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

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The Electoral College should be abolished.

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In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

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Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

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