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Dutch Ruppersberger won’t seek reelection to Maryland House seat

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Democratic Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger won’t seek reelection to the Maryland House seat he’s held since 2003, he announced Friday.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision for me because, now more than ever, Congress needs thoughtful, end-game representatives like me — members who care more about constituents and our country and less about cable news hits,” Ruppersberger (D-Md.) said in a statement. “But it is time to pass the torch to a younger generation of leaders and I am looking forward to spending more time with my family.”

He’s hardly alone in a Maryland delegation seeing significant turnover in the 2024 cycle. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) won’t seek reelection, while Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) seeks a promotion to the Senate and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) also heads for the exits.

His seat, which includes parts Carroll and Baltimore counties and a small portion of Baltimore City, is heavily favored to remain in Democratic hands and Ruppersberger has won reelection comfortably in recent cycles.