District: 2nd District Political Highlights: Democratic nominee for Md. Senate, 1978; Baltimore County Council, 1985-94; Baltimore County executive, 1994-2002; U.S. House, 2003-present Born: Jan. 31, 1946; Baltimore, Md. Residence: Cockeysville Religion: Methodist Family: Wife, Kay Ruppersberger; two children Education: U. of Maryland, attended 1963-67; U. of Baltimore, J.D. 1970 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2002 (6th term) Committee Assignments: Select Intelligence
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.