Ruppersberger named top Democrat on Intel
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has named Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger the top Democrat on the House Select Committee on Intelligence.
Ruppersberger’s appointment Tuesday as ranking member – leader of the minority party – puts the Baltimore County Democrat in position to chair the committee should Democrats regain control of the House.
“I want to ensure that our men and women in the intelligence community have the resources to keep our country safe, even in an era of tight budgets,” Ruppersberger, a longtime member of the committee, said in a statement. “I also want to ensure proper Congressional oversight for our intelligence agencies, and I look forward to using my expertise as Chairman of the Technical and Tactical Intelligence Subcommittee [in the previous Congress] to maintain the strength of our intelligence capability.”
Pelosi, herself a former member of the intelligence committee, said Ruppersberger “brings years of experience to his new role – and he will be a strong voice for our safety in the 112th Congress.”
Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, now chairs intelligence.
Ruppersberger’s district is home to the National Security Agency.
He is the third Maryland Democrat to be named ranking member of a House committee in the current Congress. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore is the top Democrat on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Montgomery County is the top Democrat on the Budget Committee.