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Ruppersberger Honored for Term as Baltimore County Executive

Nov 20, 2009
Press Release

Towson, MD - Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger went back to his roots today, visiting Baltimore County's executive offices for a portrait hanging ceremony, a tradition that dates back to the county's first executive.

Welcoming Dutch back was current County Executive Jim Smith, who praised the congressman for his accomplishments during his tenure in the executive's chair. In front of a packed reception of current and former staff members, each shared their thoughts on what it takes to run one of Maryland's largest counties and even joked about old times.

Many years ago, Rep. Ruppersberger entered the political scene by filling the void left on the county council after then Councilman Jim Smith moved on to the judiciary. Almost two decades later, it was Jim Smith's turn to take over as County Executive for his old friend who had just become Maryland's 2nd District Representative.

"Jim and I go way back," said Rep. Ruppersberger. "When I took over for him, he gave me great advice which has served me well throughout my elected career. That is why I know Baltimore County is in good hands today."

Rep. Ruppersberger began his first term as County Executive in December 1994 and was elected again in 1998. Prior to serving as County Executive, he served nine years on the Baltimore County Council and was twice elected as council chairman.

Under his leadership, Baltimore County was named as one of the nation's four best-managed counties by Governing Magazine in 2001 and is still today only one of 19 counties that has received a triple-A bond rating from all three of the country's bond rating agencies.

A portrait of Congressman Ruppersberger, former County Executive for Baltimore County, now hangs on the walls of the Old Courthouse Building along with the portraits of all previous Baltimore County Executives.

For more information, contact Heather Moeder Molino at (202) 225-3061