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Philip Edward Ruppe (born September 29, 1926) is a former politician from the U.S. state of Michigan and a member of the Republican Party. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1967 to 1979 before running, unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 1982. He is a Korean War veteran, having served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the U.S. House, Ruppe became active in business before running for election, without success, to the 103rd Congress.

Philip Edward Ruppe
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1979
Preceded byRaymond F. Clevenger
Succeeded byRobert W. Davis
Personal details
Born (1926-09-29) September 29, 1926 (age 93)
Laurium, Michigan
Political partyRepublican
Alma materCentral Michigan University
University of Michigan
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy


Ruppe was born in Laurium, Michigan and graduated from high school in 1944. He attended the V-12 Navy College Training Program at Central Michigan University and University of Michigan, 1944–1946 and graduated from Yale University in 1948. He served in United States Navy during the Korean War as a lieutenant. He then served as director of Houghton National Bank, Commercial National Bank of L’Anse and R.L. Polk and Co.

Political activityEdit

In 1966, Ruppe was the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 11th congressional district. He defeated incumbent Democrat Raymond F. Clevenger, one of the "Five Fluke Freshmen", to be elected to the 90th Congress and was subsequently re-elected to the next five Congresses, serving from January 3, 1967 to January 3, 1979. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1978 to the 96th Congress. Republican Robert William Davis from St. Ignace won election succeeding him in the district.

Post-political career and personal lifeEdit

After leaving Congress, Ruppe was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate in 1982 against Donald W. Riegle, Jr.. He served as president of Woodlak Company to 1986.

After a decade out of politics, Ruppe sought to retake his old district, now renumbered as the 1st District. He lost to former state representative Bart Stupak.

His wife, Loret Miller Ruppe, was a Presidential Elector for Michigan in 1980, Director of the Peace Corps from 1981 to 1989, and U.S. Ambassador to Norway from 1989 to 1993. She died in 1996; they had five children.

Philip Ruppe is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Rotary International and currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland.


  • United States Congress. "Philip Ruppe (id: R000512)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Raymond F. Clevenger
United States Representative for the 11th Congressional District of Michigan
Succeeded by
Robert W. Davis
Party political offices
Preceded by
Marvin L. Esch
Republican nominee for United States Senator from Michigan
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
James Whitney Dunn