Ruppersberger Named Finalist In First-Ever Nonpartisan ‘Democracy Awards’
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger has been named a finalist for a new award recognizing Congressional offices that promote a work-life balance and professional development for their staff. The honor is part of the first-ever “Democracy Awards” for non-legislative achievement and performance by the Congressional Management Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit whose mission is to build trust and effectiveness in Congress.
“As a finalist in "Life in Congress"- Workplace Environment for a Democracy Award, Congressman Ruppersberger’s office is clearly one of the best in Congress,” said Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation. “This designation demonstrates that Congressman Ruppersberger has made a significant commitment to being the best public servant for his constituents in Maryland. Congressman Ruppersberger and his staff are to be congratulated for not only being a model for colleagues in Congress, but for helping to restore trust and faith that our democratic institutions can work.”
Congressman Ruppersberger was selected for his family-focused approach. He encourages professional development, has offered flexible schedules to employees who want to pursue degrees and serve the military, and provides paid sick and maternity benefits. Four of the Congressman’s 15 staffers have been with him since he was first elected to Congress in 2003.
“You are only as good as your team,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “I try to do what I can to provide my employees a healthy work-life balance and I believe my constituents are the real beneficiaries because I am able to attract and retain one of the best teams in Congress.”
In Washington, Congressman Ruppersberger is championing policies that will make daily life easier for all working families, including paid sick and maternity leave, affordable child care, student loan reform and a tax structure that benefits the middle class. In his Timonium-based District Office, Congressman Ruppersberger encourages his team of caseworkers to treat each constituent, “as if they were your mother or father.”
Twenty House and Senate offices were honored as finalists in four categories: Constituent Service, Innovation, Transparency and Accountability, and "Life in Congress"- Workplace Environment. House and Senate personal offices nominated themselves using an online questionnaire for the four office categories. CMF followed up with offices to gather documentation and assess the office's adherence to the established criteria. CMF staff selected the finalists based on the information provided by nominees.
A committee comprised primarily of former Members of Congress and former congressional staffers will select the two winners (one Democrat and one Republican) for each of the categories. Winners will be announced in mid-May.