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Ruppersberger Receives “Intelligence Under Law” Award from National Security Agency

Jun 26, 2019
Press Release
Ruppersberger and former Rep. Mike Rogers are co-recipients of annual award
(Washington, D.C.) –Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger this week was presented with the Intelligence Under Law Award from the National Security Agency for his bipartisan leadership as the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee from 2011 to 2014. He was selected along with former Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, the now-retired Republican Congressman from Michigan, reflecting their pragmatic approach to intelligence oversight during their tenure together.
“I am truly humbled to accept this year’s Intelligence Under Law award, and especially honored considering my co-recipient, Mike Rogers,” Ruppersberger said. “Early in our leadership, Congressman Rogers and I agreed that there is no room for politics when it comes to our national security. It is gratifying to see that our commitment to bipartisanship and responsible oversight did not go unnoticed.”
Congressman Ruppersberger and Chairman Rogers accepted the award in absentia via video last month at NSA’s annual Law Day luncheon hosted by NSA’s Director, Army General Paul Nakasone, and Glenn Gerstell, NSA General Counsel. On Wednesday, Gerstell officially presented Cnogressman Ruppersberger with the award in his Capitol Hill office.
“To mark this special occasion, we’ve chosen to commemorate one key component of our legal system, that is, Congressional oversight,” said Gerstell. “Our Agency is subject to rigorous and effective oversight – as it should be – from multiple entities spread across all three branches of the federal government. Historically, however, it has been the legislative branch that has played a uniquely important role in creating and maintaining public trust in the Intelligence Community.”
The first Democratic freshman ever appointed to the House Intelligence Committee, Ruppersberger served on the Committee for a record 12 years. He served with Rogers from 2011 to 2014, during which time the pair passed five authorization bills, twice passed landmark cybersecurity legislation and ushered a bipartisan bill to end the bulk collection of phone data through the House.
The NSA has celebrated Law Day since 1989 to recognize those who work to ensure that the rule of law is upheld. The event is attended by members of the Intelligence Community, as well as partners in public service and private practice.