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Ruppersberger Named 36th Most Powerful Member of Congress

Nov 20, 2009
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)- Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland 2nd) is the 36th most powerful Member of Congress according to the newly released 2007 Knowlegis “Pre-Season Power Rankings.”  Since the Democrats took over the majority in Congress in January, Congressman Ruppersberger has landed several high profile assignments.  The Congressman was appointed to serve on the prestigious Appropriations Committee that writes all twelve federal spending bills.  Congressman Ruppersberger was also named as the Chairman of the Technical and Tactical Subcommittee within the Intelligence Committee.    

“It is an honor to serve the constituents of the Maryland 2nd District.  I got into public service over twenty five years ago to help people.  I am pleased to be able to improve the lives of Maryland families by funding critical infrastructure, economic, environmental, educational, security and transportation needs through my work on the Appropriations Committee.  By using the latest in technology, I am also working hard to keep our country safe and combating terrorism worldwide through my work on the Intelligence Committee,” said Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD).

Congressman Ruppersberger is the second biggest gainer in the power rankings compared to last year’s rankings.  In 2006, Congressman Ruppersberger was ranked 405th.  Now he is ranked 36th.  The Congressman is serving his third term representing the Maryland 2nd District in Congress.   

Committee assignments, leadership positions, tenure, congressional caucus involvement, and legislative activity were all taken into account as the rankings were compiled.  The complete “Pre-Season Power Rankings” can be found at  The rankings are done in cooperation with, a non-partisan website that encourages civic participation and grass roots organizing.