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 the United States. 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 United States. Navy. After leaving the United States. House, Ruppe became active in business before running for election, without success, to the 103rd Congress.
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 Company
In 1966, Ruppe was the Republican candidate for the United States. 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. Post-political career and personal life
After leaving Congress, Ruppe was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate in 1982 against Donald West. Riegle, Junior.
He served as president of Woodlak Company to 1986.
He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1992 to the 103rd Congress, losing to Baronet Stupak. 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.